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Turned Cocobolo mallet

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Project by rdwile posted 08-15-2012 10:42 PM 1351 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had purchased a nice piece of cocobolo a while back that had very nice straight grain which would work out nicely in a mallet glue-up. This mallet is one of a few I glued up using a lamination technique I use for pepper mills once in a while. I wrote an article for woodturningonline.com a while back on this technique for pepper mills.

The square core is ash and as you can see in the WIP picture I make two at once, turn them round, part them off and finish them individually on the lathe. These just have a few coats of wax applied on the lathe, this weighs about 12 oz. which is a little light, but works well for small carving chisels. I still have not turned one good enough to replace my Blue Spruce mallets which are the best you can buy.

Edited: I have added the last two shots showing the ring I added to cover the square part on the handle end. I split a piece of cherry, glued it together on the ends and drilled holes centered on the cut the same size as I turned the handle transition. This piece was then cut and split and glued onto the handle, then turned smooth.

-- Richard D. Wile, http://richard-wile.blogspot.ca/





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 08-15-2012 10:52 PM

Nice mallet. I like the appearance with the square core going through it. Question though, in the second photo from the handle side, what did you do to eliminate the square feature of the handle as it enters the body? Looks like some sort of a ring.
Very interesting. Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 11:01 PM

I should have known that no detail goes unnoticed here…:-)

I added the shots and description to the piece, hopefully this is clear.

-- Richard D. Wile, http://richard-wile.blogspot.ca/

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 11:04 PM

Slick!

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 01:10 AM

That is too pretty to be beating on things with. Very nice.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 08-18-2012 09:55 PM

Excellent tool work.

-- Jay, Texas, @MyGarage.home

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