Mallet Swap 2012

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Project by chrisstef posted 12-26-2012 04:43 PM 2813 views 11 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#1 posted 12-26-2012 04:47 PM

Well done my good man, well done.

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

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#2 posted 12-26-2012 04:48 PM

Very well done. Should last another hundred years…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 12-26-2012 04:49 PM

That’s a beefy mallet with a lot of history to it Stef,
nice work bro.

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#4 posted 12-26-2012 04:56 PM

cool mallet

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#5 posted 12-26-2012 04:56 PM

Good lookin mallet there Stef….. Good for another 100 years…...

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

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#6 posted 12-26-2012 05:11 PM

Love that oak, Stef, and that stamp. Seems like nice and solid mallet. Light years beyond what Mauricio was using previously.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 12-26-2012 05:35 PM

Nice work there brah.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#8 posted 12-26-2012 05:40 PM

That is pretty.
Great job.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#9 posted 12-26-2012 06:20 PM

Great job on this piece

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 12-26-2012 06:24 PM

Great job Stef, the name takes it over the top. Very cool mallet.

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#11 posted 12-26-2012 09:35 PM

Another one in the club of convent mallets. How much of that wood did you get? :)
Awesome job.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#12 posted 12-26-2012 09:59 PM

I had every truss over a 36’ span. We demolished the entire roof structure.

Edit: Got interrupted and posted too soon. The balance of the lumber was stored in the warehouse at work and inadvertantly was discarded. There will be more from other interesting places im sure.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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


-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#14 posted 12-26-2012 10:42 PM

Suppa’ dope mallet! I’m lucky to have it and will cherish it. Seriously, that hold fast was crying for mercy when I smacked it down.

And the grain swirl in the head is really neat, I also like the history showing through in the nail holes. The handle turned out super comfortable too!

I loved the mallet swap!

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

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#15 posted 12-26-2012 10:53 PM

It’s all been said, and it’s all true: Sweet Job!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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