|Project by RaggedKerf||posted 08-30-2013 04:54 PM||1249 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
I took a cue from Sleepydog's Shop, a website I discovered eariler this week, where the author made a carving mallet out of a tractor bushing and a piece of wood.
I thought, I can do that, and I need a carving mallet anyway! So I went to the local Tractor Supply store, found me a 2 to 1 steel bushing in the farm and tractor section ($2.99) and got a block of cherry from Woodcraft ($3.99) and made me a mallet.
I followed the instructions from the blog and it worked perfectly! I don’t have a lathe, so I couldn’t turn the block of cherry into a nice smooth handle like I would like to…one day though…one day. So instead I used a combination of my carving knife—-ahem…utility knife—-and my 1” bench chisel (as a spokeshave lol another tool I need) and the belt sander of justice, to get the shape of the handle, which fits my hand almost perfectly.
I have blog two parts of making this little project, so if you want to see the details, start here:
and then go here:
Carving Mallet Completion, to see how I did it.
Thanks for looking and thanks to Joe at Sleepydog's Shop for the inspiration!
-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com