|Project by jeffwedekind||posted 03-11-2014 10:42 PM||1715 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
I wanted a little wood whacker, and decided I didn’t have the heart to use the one I previously made(seen here). I also prefer a round mallet for carving, and needed some experience turning, so here is what I came up with.
I raided the firewood/scrap pile and came up with a piece of oak. Suitable, but only big enough for the head, I scrounged a little further and found another straight grained piece for the handle (cherry, I think ?) This posed the perfect dilemma, I’d have to bore a round mortise into the head and turn a tenon to match. Exactly what this budding bodger needed for practice.
While putting it all together, I found that it was a little wimpy for my taste, so I bored another hole in the upper portion of the handle and filled it with about 8 oz of lead. I was careful not to bore too deep into the tenon for fear that it would be too weak and break off at the base of the handle. (Fingers crossed)
So far, so good. I love how it feels in my hand. At a bit more than a pound,it has plenty of heft, yet is small enough that I can choke up on the handle and grip the head for super fine control.
Its pretty clear that I have a long way to go as far as turning is concerned,as evidenced by the fine shavings,as opposed to the nice ribbons some turners get. (see Pic 6). But hey, you have to start somewhere, and I’m no longer intimidated by the process.
Over all It was a big success. I got a very useful tool, and some much needed experience.
Onward and upward,
-- Jeff, eastern Wa