Swap Mallet

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Here is a mallet I turned for the Mallet Swap.LJ DonW was the lucky winner.

It is the first mallet I have ever turned and probably the 5th thing I attempted on a lathe.

I think its Ash,maybe elm and it came from a buddys firewood pile.I wanted a solid piece and didnt have anything on hand big enough.

Finish was a little shellac and wax.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#1 posted 609 days ago

Looks good Hog. Amazing what can come of the fire pile. Once I get my lathe up and running, and learn how to turn, there will not be a safe pile anywhere near me. Already been eyeing my mom’s maple she just had cut down. Well done.

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#2 posted 609 days ago

Very nice, Bhog! Beat it, the Don will. :-)

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

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#3 posted 609 days ago

That’s a good one,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 609 days ago

Thanks guys.

Shane I stopped the other day and snagged a walnut chunk off the side of the road. Turning stock, yeah!!

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#5 posted 609 days ago

This is why i need a lathe. Ive got about 4 cord of firweood and ive only burned about 1 cord in 4 years. Ive got more oak and maple in that pile …..

Hog – Im naming your mallet Puppy Breath.

-- "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

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#6 posted 609 days ago

I thought hickory. Definitely not ash. It sitting proudly on my bench waiting patiently for its first beating.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 609 days ago

Stef a pretty good name.

Don it could be hickory,I helped him cut down a massive shag bark a few years ago.Im glad.It also comes with that lifetime waranty that OJM said.If it breaks, its life is over.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#8 posted 609 days ago

Great mallet bhog! The business end of that puppy is some
serious news.

Try not to break your chisels DonW when using the beefy

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#9 posted 609 days ago

That is a fine looking mallet. Nice work as always.

Besides being my favorite hermaphrodite on LJ’s you are an accomplished craftsman.

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 609 days ago

Very nice bhog

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#11 posted 609 days ago

Waho thank ye

Tone Loc thanks man.That is probably the nicest thing anybody has ever said to me.

Mos thanks man.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#12 posted 609 days ago

Hog, nice Job….. I bet your getting more and more of the turning bug now…..

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

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#13 posted 609 days ago

Nice whacker.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 609 days ago

verry nice! looks like a chalice. hollow it out and it would make a good pimp cup.

-- 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 609 days ago

Nice puppy. Like the grain swirls too. Most of my turned stuff has been coming from the firewood pile and i’m always seeing more on Clist. every time i see free fire wood i think i can use some on the lathe.

Hollow the top out a bit and you can have a swig before a swing to help the eye hand coordination. lol

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

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