|Project by Roz||posted 09-23-2012 03:20 PM||2546 views||0 times favorited||17 comments|
I had an interesting opportunity to work with a little piece of history recently. My brother is a Master Chief Petty Officer Retired and his last ship was the USS Missouri. He produced a mallet head needing a handle. As it turned out the mallet head is teak and was especially for driving pegs into the teak decks of the battle ship which hold the deck boards in place. Apparently these pegs would vibrate out because of the tremendous shock of the 16 inch guns on her main deck.
The replacement handle I used was hickory and intended for a maul. It was the only thing I could find that was large enough to fit the mallet head. I used a Poplar wedge and a lead split with Urethane glue to lock it all together.
I know it’s not much of a project, but a cool bit of history. You never know what may come into your shop. If I had not been a woodworker I probably would never have seen one of these.
-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."