|Project by Tokolosi||posted 05-22-2013 12:24 AM||1057 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
I have always wanted a mallet. I have a rubber mallet but its not right. Just off. So when I found an ingot of lead behind some framing in this old garage I knew a mallet was going to be born. I have no idea where the chunk of lead came from. It was huge. Maybe it was a balancing weight for a Boeing landing wheel. I have no idea. But it was in my garage and therefore it was mine. Btw, big solid chunks of lead takes a long time to melt on a propane bbq. I highly recommend an acetylene torch. I needed both hands for that so no picture.
But why stop at one? or even two? No. Light, medium and heavy is what is needed. Overkill, always. Go big or go home right? So over the weekend I made these. With wonderful help from dozens of other mallet projects here on LJ’s – Thanks Guys!
All have Maple handles.
The heavy one is about 8-9 oz’s with Maple over Bubinga inserts.
The medium one is about 5-6 oz’s with Bubinga over Maple inserts.
The light one is about 3-4 oz’s with maple over walnut inserts. Its also the only one without solid lead as it contains mostly sand with just a tiny bit of the leftover lead. I will weigh them all once the oil is cured.
All finished with Tung oil finish and will be waxed for fun and good smell in a day or so.
The faces were cut at about a 3 degree angle measured with the string and weight technique.
I like my mallets. Cant wait to mallet something. Anybody wants to volunteer a finger?
-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien