|Project by chrisstef||posted 12-26-2012 04:43 PM||1912 views||11 times favorited||26 comments|
As part of the Mallet Swap i created this whacker for LJ Mauricio. Its shown in its new location because i didnt take any pics of the build …. facepalm.
The head is a reclaimed chunk of red oak circa 1900. It was originally part of the roof truss system at a local shelter in Hartford CT. At that point in time it was a convent and since has been converted. It was shaped by hand and mortised by hand as well. What really struck me about this piece of wood is the circular grain which can be seen on the top of the mallet head. Its hard to see but the quarter sawn side shows it off as well.
The handle is 3 pieces laminated together. Purlpeheart and walnut. The purpleheart was given to me by another fellow LJ Glen Peterson. It was shaped with rasps and files in an hourglass figure and wet sanded up to 600 grit. Wedged in place with hand cut walnut wedges. There is also a purpleheart peg through the center forever affixing the handle to the head.
My final touch on the piece, as described by another LJ, was an “old soul” stamp of the new owners name. I just thought it was an old school kind of thing that i had always admired on tools i have restored.
-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty