2012 Christmas mallet swap, what I sent.

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Project by derosa posted 12-25-2012 05:21 AM 1949 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Photos shamelessly swiped from the recipient, thanks GShepherd, since I have trouble remembering to take pics sometimes.
Both the handle and mallet are made from apple wood which I cut down in the spring and dried in my shop; taking it from tree to finished product. I chose to use this wood because; 1. it is harder then oak or maple and nearly matches hickory. 2. I have a bunch of it in the right size. 3. I love the overall look of the wood, I have some plain maple in the right size but this just looked better.

The head is made from a single piece of 3” thick apple and is roughly 2.75” thick, by 3.5” high by 5” long if I remember correctly. The head has a taper on both the faces and sides with the top rounded over from face to face. A camber was put on all the edges using a stanley 220 to cut down on its denting other woods.

The handle was taken from the next board up, the goal was to try and have the grain match which comes through in the shades of the wood. The handle was offset turned and with a 7/8” round tenon left at the top. Since the handle could only be inserted half way into the head by hand with a great deal of effort it was felt that TB3 would be sufficient to hold it together though a clamp was needed to push it through. Although not visible the tenon does protrude slightly from the top, thought of making it flush with the sanding disc but just liked the look.

This was the first attempt at a mallet of this type and overall I feel it turned out well. Depending on what I received I may make another.

-- A posse ad esse

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#1 posted 12-25-2012 05:25 AM

It looks great Russ. Apple makes it even more unique. Well done, Shep will be beating stuff for years to come with it.

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#2 posted 12-25-2012 05:31 AM

Great looking mallet. Beautiful build.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#3 posted 12-25-2012 06:40 AM

Looks good ,nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 12-25-2012 12:19 PM

Yes it is a nice Mallet, Looks good and feels good what else could one ask for….. The Apple wood was defiently a nice touch….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#5 posted 12-25-2012 03:36 PM

Nice job sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-26-2012 03:51 AM

I love that wood and the offset turning. Great jog!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 12-26-2012 05:03 AM

That is some beautiful wood.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#8 posted 12-26-2012 01:00 PM

I somehow missed this yesterday. Very nice job. I’ve never worked with apple other than some vintage saw totes. I didn’t realize it was that hard.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 12-26-2012 01:01 PM

Nice, I really like the apple wood too

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#10 posted 12-26-2012 06:02 PM

Love that apple wood.
Looks like a nice sold whacked.
Great job.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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