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Mallet Swap 2012 for CosmicSniper

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Project by OnlyJustME posted 610 days ago 1332 views 15 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the mallet i made for CosmicSniper for the recent mallet swap we had on the Mallets of Your Dreams thread. Thanks to CosmicSniper for the pictures since i was in a hurry to send it to him that i didn’t take any pictures.

The head is made of Ipe wood; a piece i had left over from building a deck. It started out as a cut off from a 4×4 post which i turned on a lathe and then ripped the sides off on the table saw so it wasn’t so square. Then drilled a 1” mortise for the handle.

The handle is made from a piece of Black Locust from a tree that blew over in the same yard (7 years ago) in which i built the deck (missed the deck). I split the black locust down to a manageable size and turned it on the lathe also. The dark rings on the end of the handle are burned on by holding shavings to it while it still spun in the lathe and the lines are cut in and then burned with a piece of thin metal. Wedged with a slice of walnut.

Both woods are extremely hard and hold up to the elements very well. i had to hone my chisels several times making this mallet.

I burnished both the head and the handle with shavings while on the lathe and then gave it a tung oil finish.
It was a fun project and a joy to make and i’m glad it gave a fellow LJ such delight to open on Christmas morning.

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





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 610 days ago

Another OUTSTANDING mallet contribution. Love the shape, truly unique, and the choice of materials. Well done!

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

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Cosmicsniper

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#2 posted 610 days ago

This one will be proudly displayed and used in my shop. It is a thrill to have opened it up and I’m very proud to be a part if the swap. Thanks for the great mallet, OJM. The workmanship, design, and choice of woods is just outstanding!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Gshepherd

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#3 posted 610 days ago

OJM, now that is a huge well made Mallet…... Nice Job…...

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

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chrisstef

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#4 posted 610 days ago

Im telling ya Matt the stuff you churn out of your shop is sick. Between this mallet and the one you gifted me a few months back i am totally impressed with everything that you do. Keep it up brother.

-- "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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waho6o9

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#5 posted 610 days ago

Yeah buddy, most excellent choice of woods and this mallet
excels in aesthetic beefiness.

Well done.

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 610 days ago

That’s a big one…It has lots of cool details.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mosquito

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#7 posted 610 days ago

This is another nice on, the ipe looks pretty sweet.
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Want to add “mallet swap” as a tag to the project so it shows up here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/tag/mallet+swap
If you don’t want to that’s cool, just thought I’d mention it :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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bhog

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#8 posted 610 days ago

Sweet mallet Matt.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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OnlyJustME

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#9 posted 610 days ago

Thanks for all the great commentary guys.
Chrisstef I wanted you guys to be able to say in an aussie accent “mallet? . . . That’s not a mallet. THIS is a mallet”
lol
Maybe it’s because my joints don’t fit so well so i need to really persuade them too. lol

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

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Surfside

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#10 posted 610 days ago

That looks terrific!

www.bandsawblog.com

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Don W

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#11 posted 610 days ago

Extraordinary for sure.

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

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woodshaver

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#12 posted 610 days ago

Excellent work!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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ShaneA

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#13 posted 610 days ago

That mallet could intimidate its victims into submission. Nice.

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bondogaposis

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#14 posted 610 days ago

Excellent mallet. I’m sure the expression on Cosmicsniper’s face made it worth it. Pretty fun swap so far.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Monte Pittman

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#15 posted 609 days ago

Awesome job. Very impressive.

-- 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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