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First turning project- a handle for my shop mallet build

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Project by BusterB posted 03-19-2013 02:37 AM 1426 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess it must be in the woodworkers bylaws that an aspiring amature woodworker must build a wooden mallet at some point. I rescued some rough hardwood lumber saturday and after scrapping the mud off and cleaning it up a bit, I decided the time had come. Several months ago my brother gave me a lathe and it has sit in a corner of the basement untouched until last month when I built a stand to put it on and then dragged it back into the corner. I have never used a lathe and have been reluctant to try. Several of my buds on here have been nudging me ever so gently to give it a go. Well it was a rainy day here and I really didnt have anything else pressing so I loaded a piece of the rescued wood on it…. well, lets just say now I know that the wood needs to be prepped a tad bit before turning it….lol. Well after a whole bunch of trial and error I finally worked it down to a size that was comfortable and gave me a good grip. The mallet head was cut from a solid 4×4 block of oak and the heads are angled 5 degree’s. I used a forstner bit to drill a hole for the handle which is secured with dowel pins. I plan on finishing it with linseed oil but not until I have used it a time or two to see if I need to change the angle of the heads. This was a really fun build and I take my hat off to all you masters of the lathe… i dont see myself turning out any high end turned components anytime soon…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 02:42 AM

Looks good, one has to start somewhere. One did not start life running marathons before learning to crawl ya know? I recently did some first time handles and had to account for a problem in my wrist with the design. Took some time but was worth having handles I could use fit to my hand. In turning some for a fellow LJ I had to make them much thicker than my own wrist could take but fits his well. Enjoyed the challenge.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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BusterB

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 02:48 AM

Right you are woodbutcher…. only seems I have been crawling a mighty long time…lol I kept dragging out other hammers and checking the grip on them for comparison. Really need to actually use it to see if I can live with it or if its back to the drawing board.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 02:49 AM

Good job.

Mallet is still on my bucket list

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

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BusterB

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 03:10 AM

I really cant wait to see a mallet you built Monte….there is a nary a doubt it will be a dandy

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Todd Barrone

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 03:47 AM

Hey that looks great man! nice work, keep turning at all cost lol.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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BusterB

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 04:04 AM

Thanks Todd….I will definitly try it again…..maybe next year….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 05:13 AM

Hey Buster, being a newbie to the lathe myself I’m glad to see you jumping into the fray. You did good man. I think you are right though mallets must be in the woodworkers bylaws :). Keep the chips flying!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 03-19-2013 08:42 AM

Buster dont be to sure, that turning bug has bitten you on the butt
It can be very sneaky that way.
Great mallet, watch your thumb and miss it.
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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BusterB

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#9 posted 03-19-2013 11:44 AM

Thanks L2L…. the primary difference being that you seem to be a natural and have skills while I have….well I got something but am not sure what it is…lol
I guess bylaw 14 is coming up….have you started planning a genuine, honest to goodness woodworking bench yet????
Stay safe bud…I gotta go clean up them chips….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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BusterB

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#10 posted 03-19-2013 11:56 AM

Thanks Jamie…. I think the “turning bugs” must be outta season over here bud….lol Maybe I should have started with some pine and worked my way up to harder than a rock mystery wood… on a related note, you were right about the lathe stand…it really needs a tool rack mounted on it somewhere. Good call my friend

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Gowvu

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#11 posted 03-19-2013 12:45 PM

Great job Buster…...That should keep the wife’s Son in law in line…LOL

-- William, Florida via WV. & KY.

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wrightly

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#12 posted 03-19-2013 02:50 PM

you’re too hard on yourself buster, looks good. and you gotta start somewhere. i don’t even know how to use a lathe…. glad to see that you’ve been more productive than i have. i’m still finishing up that pin router deal. hope you’re doing well bud.

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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BusterB

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#13 posted 03-19-2013 03:05 PM

William…..I hadnt thought of that particular use for it…..NICE!!!!! You are the man. I would consider threatning the wife with it but since I didnt use chocolate for the handles, am thinking it wont taste very well as she makes me eat it. Mybe I could finish with peanut or coconut oil instead of lindseed…that might mae it more digestable…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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BusterB

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#14 posted 03-19-2013 03:12 PM

ROFL Mike….neither do I…..lol
Worked days over the weekend and start nights tonight so a small project was all I could fit in. Still got the mitersaw stand on the drawing board….maybe this weekend. You are gonna post video of the pin router in action I hope….
Stay safe bud

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#15 posted 03-19-2013 10:55 PM

Funny I though the same thing that a wood mallet is a right of passage for a woodworker. Or so it seems

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