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2012 Mallet swap

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Project by johnstoneb posted 561 days ago 1100 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two mallets for the swap.
the one on the left in the second picture is the one I ended up sending to
ShaneA. The one on the left had the more interesting grain but I screwed up making it so had to go with the other. It has some very interesting grain also.
The head is chechen and hickory with lead shot in pockets. The handle is oak and purpleheart, the wedges are made from the cutoffs on the handle when cutting it to fit. I originally wanted to make the woods line up on the handle and wedges. When that didn’t happen I decided the little bit of misalignment actually looked better. It came out weighing 20 oxz which is the 20 stamped on the head.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 561 days ago

Too beautiful to use

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 561 days ago

Sure are nice mallets Bruce!

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ShaneA

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#3 posted 561 days ago

it is even better in person. it will be used and admired. what did you use for finish? its silky smooooth..

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johnstoneb

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#4 posted 561 days ago

I used Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO). Several coats hand rubbed in. The Marine Corps used BLO on their rifle stocks you had to use the heel of your hand and rub the oil in, the heat generated by the rubbing really works it in. I know there are people on here that don’t like BLO. I think it has it place and really like it for shop tool and other things that are going to take a beating. It is real easy to cover up blemishes in the finish and it doesn’t chip.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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ksSlim

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#5 posted 560 days ago

Great job! I especially like a “loaded” mallet for mortice work.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Mauricio

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#6 posted 560 days ago

Beautiful wood, and I love how the wedge matches the handle and how its slightly offset.

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

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 560 days ago

cool looking mallets

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 560 days ago

Very nice mallets Bruce!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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bhog

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#9 posted 560 days ago

Beautiful mallets man.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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Don W

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#10 posted 557 days ago

I missed these before. Beautiful mallets!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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