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OK, so the mallet of your dreams guys inspired me.
I made this mallet from a piece of Tiger Maple that started life as a pallet stringer.
I’ve been hoarding this eight foot long piece of wood for somewhere around 15 years.
Skipped my lunch break to tear apart the pallet one day when I spotted this behind the plant. Everyone thought I was nuts.
The finish is a couple of coats of BLO that were burnished in with a piece of leather after they were allowed to soak in overnight. Then I put a couple of coats of Turps/BLO/Beeswax homemade mix on, and finally there are 3 coats of pure beeswax burnished with 0000 steel wool.
Silky finish that smells like beeswax. Really great finish.
This is a Christmas present for a relative.
The awl and the marking gauge in the picture are for scale.
Thanks for looking.
All comments are welcome.

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 11-25-2012 05:15 PM

Looks great Mike, the wood is amazing, and it is shaped well. Really well done sir.

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#2 posted 11-25-2012 05:24 PM

Well done.

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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#3 posted 11-25-2012 05:26 PM

wonderful whacker mike

it is a shame what gets used
and thrown out

when i was learning the building trades
in prison

the cabinet teacher (not my class)
was doing favors for someone
in vandenberg AFB in cal
next to us
(i don’t know what he got in return
maybe money)

he would get a semi full of
4×12x20’ clear fir
(the grain in them was the straightest i’ve ever seen)
and cross cut them into 4’
and rip them into 2×4’s
and crosscut sheets of 3/4” AB plywood
into 4’x4’
and make pallets for that guy in the air force
to move 55 gal drums of oils and lubricants
around the base on

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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jap

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#4 posted 11-25-2012 06:02 PM

A+++

-- Joel

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#5 posted 11-25-2012 06:15 PM

That’s a pretty one, nice.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 11-25-2012 07:08 PM

I want to be your relative!!!

Nice save & an even better job!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Bagtown

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#7 posted 11-25-2012 07:45 PM

Thanks for all the great comments.
David, you are too right about the shameful way things get tossed out.
I’m a scrounger from way back. :)
Randy, I’m not going to adopt you, and my sister is already married, so you’re out of luck. :0)

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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patron

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#8 posted 11-25-2012 08:14 PM

maybe your sister and bro in law
could adopt
randy

he does have a

Rikon 10-325 14” BS with a 1-1/2HP motor and 13” of resaw capacity,
surely they need something done around the house

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bagtown

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#9 posted 11-25-2012 09:02 PM

Well, when you put it that way, Maybe I will adopt him. As long as the new Rikon 10-325 14” BS with a 1-1/2HP motor and 13” of resaw capacity comes with him.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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patron

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#10 posted 11-25-2012 09:18 PM

you could always send him to his room
and use the

Rikon 10-325 14” BS with a 1-1/2HP motor and 13” of resaw capacity,
yourself

maybe even teach him to drive the truck
so you can stay in the shop

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 11-25-2012 09:33 PM

That’s a sweet looking mallet!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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bobasaurus

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#12 posted 11-25-2012 09:42 PM

Great looking mallet. I want one now, too. Was the maple already that thick, or did you have to glue it up?

-- Allen, Colorado

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 11-25-2012 09:43 PM

Man that is a beautiful mallet!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bagtown

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#14 posted 11-25-2012 09:50 PM

Bobasaurus,
It was a solid piece. No glueing required.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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mafe

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#15 posted 11-25-2012 09:54 PM

Dam, that is a beautiful mallet!
Love it.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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