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Project by NickyP posted 126 days ago 1281 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was out bowling and got the idea to make a wooden carving mallet from a bowling pin. I got home and checked the internet and found it’s been done before. The bowling alley gave me a pin and off I went. I am brand new to wood turning and this is my first project. It was simple enough . . . I cut the skin of the pin off using a hammer and chisel and running my cuts up both sides of the pin, giving myself a secondary parallel relief cut about a half inch wide the first time through. A big screwdriver and some big channel locks made this pretty easy to get the pin stripped. I cut the top off at the band saw, mounted it, and produced a really nice mallet that is weighted well. I cut the mallet loose with a coping saw and rounded off the top and bottom at the sander. Very fun project for my first time out.

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."





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waho6o9

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#1 posted 126 days ago

Well done NickyP!

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#2 posted 126 days ago

Came out real nice. Great idea.
What do you figure the mallet weighs?

Going to do a BLO finish?

-- Jeff NJ

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TheDane

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#3 posted 126 days ago

NickyP—Did you run into a hollow cavity inside the pin? They (used to) be laminated from two pieces of hard maple with a cavity to control weight.

Regulation pins are 15” tall and weigh 3 pounds, 10 ounces.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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NickyP

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#4 posted 126 days ago

It does have two small cavities in it and my guess is it weighs about 24 – 30 ounces.

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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Rick M.

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#5 posted 126 days ago

Nice looking mallet. Must be bigger than it looks to weigh that much.

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XrayJay

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#6 posted 126 days ago

Looks good NickyP! I tried to make one and it did have a hollow core. Have 4 more left that I’ll give away to a buddy who’s a deputy, he’ll use them for shooting targets. I just couldn’t get the shape I wanted without going through to the hollow core.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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drbyte

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#7 posted 126 days ago

Nice mallet! Get all those pins you can, they’re great for a lot of different projects!!

-- Dennis, WV

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SissyCassie

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#8 posted 126 days ago

I love that you made this out of a bowling pin – very clever. Nice work Nicky!

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John Stegall

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#9 posted 126 days ago

I wonder if you could plug the hollow, but it looks like NickP won’t have to worry about that. Looks very good!

-- jstegall

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#10 posted 126 days ago

I filled the gaps. Will be followed by a final sanding.

I drilled a hole for a leather string wristband & stained the handle. Will follow up with 3 coats of Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil Gun Stock Finish over the entire piece.

I again pay homage to this Lumberjocks website and it’s members as everyone’s helpful comments makes me a better wood worker.

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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TheDane

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#11 posted 125 days ago

Different pin manufacturers used different methods to control the weight. Some used a single large cavity in the middle, others cut cavities like the one in NickyP’s pin. I have often thought about doing the same thing he did and filling the cavity with lead shot … would make a heck of a dead blow mallet.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Rick

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#12 posted 125 days ago

Very Nice! & Well Done! Thanks For Posting.

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NickyP

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#13 posted 118 days ago

This mallet completed located here http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99113

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#14 posted 115 days ago

Great project and it should be very strong

-- Norman

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