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Project by emart posted 10-07-2013 01:47 AM 1003 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After my old mallet died when I was building the shaving horse I decided to use the scraps from the shaving horse to make some new ones. they are 2 different sizes i think the big one is about 1 lb heavier than the little one. This is the first lathe project I have done since 2004. They are sealed with paste wax and have no glue or wedges holding them together

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#1 posted 10-07-2013 01:56 AM

Excellent. Look very nice.

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#2 posted 10-07-2013 02:25 AM

Nicely done.

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#3 posted 10-07-2013 02:39 PM

Nice work

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#4 posted 10-07-2013 08:21 PM

Emart, I really like the mallets . I read your description and now wondering what does hold the head on? Thanks Pat

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#5 posted 10-07-2013 10:11 PM

Nicely done. Locust should last a while.

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#6 posted 10-07-2013 11:48 PM

The heads are held on with just friction the tenons are tapered and the heads have tapered holes going from 7/8 up to 1 1/4 wide so that when I forced the handles in the joint would be very tight. The heads are still green so the holes should shrink slightly over time and keep the joint strong. If they ever do slip I will just add some steel wedges to the top to hole them in permanently.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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#7 posted 10-08-2013 12:01 AM

Ooh…a repurpose project. I was gonna ask what made you choose the Black Locust wood? Very nice project. I think I may build a mallet soon. Trying to decide on a hammer-style like yours or a round potato masher style?

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emart

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#8 posted 10-08-2013 12:09 AM

well I also have several tons of black locust logs on my property after my family had to cut down 8 of them due to root rot and one falling and clipping the house. I kept the trunks and larger logs since hardwood is very expensive here ($4-5 per foot unless you order it by the truckload)

also If i remember right the round mallets are called gluts i think and im not sure what the advantage is for them other than ease of construction. Since i havent used one I cant say which is better

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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#9 posted 10-08-2013 10:46 PM

Thanks for the explanation, and I hope it never comes flying off. LOL

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#10 posted 10-09-2013 04:46 PM

Both mallets look good. Like the shape of the handles. Can’t beat making own tools suited for ones needs. Great job!

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#11 posted 04-16-2014 06:52 AM

small update they have steel wedges in them now and the wood has seasoned to the consistency of concrete. Black locust is easily one of the toughest materials I have ever worked with. It is stringy and rubbery when green and tougher than nails when it dries out.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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