|Project by MacSteveT||posted 05-08-2012 01:49 AM||1388 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
I finally got around to making a real mallet. I turned the handle a couple of years ago from a green rough-cut mesquite blank on a friend’s lathe. It was the first step of my journey into woodworking. Not long after I turned the handle, I stopped my my local WC store and bought a chunk of purpleheart and attempted to fashion a mallet head out if it with a hand drill and some chisels… um, that didn’t turn out so well :/
So, my mesquite mallet handle went headless until I found a nice 4/4 slab of mesquite the other day. I have a small wood shop outfitted in my garage now, and a bit more experience to boot. This attempt turned out much better – the mallet head is a 5 piece laminate of mesquite and some maple scraps I had. The dowels are birch. The whole thing weighs about 3 lbs, and has a very nice heft to it.
Thanks very much for looking, and I appreciate all comments / critiques.
-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda