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First turning project- a handle for my shop mallet build

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Project by BusterB posted 519 days ago 1388 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 519 days ago

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 519 days ago

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 519 days ago

Good job.

Mallet is still on my bucket list

-- 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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BusterB

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#4 posted 519 days ago

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 519 days ago

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

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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BusterB

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#6 posted 519 days ago

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 519 days ago

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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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 519 days ago

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 519 days ago

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 519 days ago

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 519 days ago

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 518 days ago

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 518 days ago

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 518 days ago

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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Dwayne

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#15 posted 518 days ago

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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