|Project by treaterryan||posted 11-16-2012 01:13 PM||1124 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Built this mallet last night, pulling some inspiration from the Mallet of your dreams thread.
The head is made from laminated bubinga scraps and the handle is from a piece of red oak I had laying around. Took me about 2 hours to make this. I just picked up a rasp last week at Grizzly in Muncy, PA, so I tried using that to round out the handle, turns out it is not as easy as I thought it would be. I tore out some fairly large fibers while working with it, but nothing I couldn’t fix with a ton of sanding. I had also picked up and restored a #60 1/2 LA block plane at a flea market a while back and wanted to try that for chamfering the sharp corners of the head. I had a little bit of tear our, but nothing major. Finished with a light coat of BLO to bring out the beauty of the bubinga, but really, I just wanted to try using BLO, as I have not before.
This was a quick and fun project and I’ll probably try to make another one when I get the chance.
-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA