Swap Mallet

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Project by bhog posted 12-26-2012 06:27 PM 1494 views 9 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 12-26-2012 06:29 PM

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 12-26-2012 06:30 PM

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 12-26-2012 06:33 PM

That’s a good one,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-26-2012 06:40 PM

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 12-26-2012 06:46 PM

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 12-26-2012 06:47 PM

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

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#7 posted 12-26-2012 07:06 PM

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 12-26-2012 07:25 PM

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 12-26-2012 07:39 PM

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 12-26-2012 07:45 PM

Very nice bhog

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#11 posted 12-26-2012 07:51 PM

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 12-26-2012 08:05 PM

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 12-26-2012 08:20 PM

Nice whacker.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 12-26-2012 08:58 PM

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 12-26-2012 09:15 PM

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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