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Project by ShannonRogers posted 08-11-2008 03:54 AM 1394 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been interested in trying some carvning on my furniture pieces and boxes to set them apart and make them unique. This past week while I was on vacation I took along some chisels and some basswood and set out learning the basics. When I got back to my shop I decided to put to use a blank of Lignum Vitae that has been kicking around my shop for about a year.

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trifern

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#1 posted 08-11-2008 03:59 AM

Nice looking tool of persuasion. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Karson

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#2 posted 08-11-2008 04:35 AM

Great looking tool for bashing and banging.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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scopemonkey

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#3 posted 08-11-2008 06:10 AM

Nicely done. Knowing how hard lignum is, I was wondering just how difficult it was to turn. I can envision lots of trips to the grinder…..

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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Eric

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#4 posted 08-11-2008 10:52 AM

Dude, you carved that? Looks awesome!

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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Callum Kendall

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#5 posted 08-11-2008 01:55 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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Yettiman

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#6 posted 08-11-2008 03:37 PM

Hi,

I have been thinking about doing this exact same thing to a piece that I have had for a little while, but have been put off by the ‘stories’ I have heard about how hard Lignum is to turn.

Do you have any insider tips or hints that you could share?

Did you do a lot of roughing out at the bandsaw first?

Thanks for posting – I just love shopmade tools

Yettiman

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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teenagewoodworker

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#7 posted 08-11-2008 03:50 PM

very nice! with the restrictions and everything you won’t see many lignum mallets around.. looks beautiful though and i can only imagine how hard it is.

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PaBull

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#8 posted 08-11-2008 04:01 PM

I like shop made tools. Thanks for sharing.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Dusty56

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#9 posted 08-11-2008 06:42 PM

this is an awesome turning…love the shape and the handle looks very ergonomic .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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brianinpa

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#10 posted 08-11-2008 07:46 PM

Very nice. That looks like hit will move a chisel.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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lew

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#11 posted 08-12-2008 02:43 AM

Nice proportions!

Beautiful Mallet!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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CharlieK

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#12 posted 08-14-2008 03:50 AM

A mallet for the ages. That one will last you a very long time, Congratulations!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 08-14-2008 04:18 AM

I like it, very nice turning.

My mallet is getting kind of beat up,

I guess I’ll have to make myself a new one.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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