My Cabinet Maker's Mallet #2: The first two glue ups and finished shaping the handle

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 03-02-2008 05:40 AM 925 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Stock Prep Part 2 of My Cabinet Maker's Mallet series Part 3: The final glue up »

I made some good progress today working on the mallet. I got the first glue up done and the dado for the handle ran through.
Mallet 1
After the dado was cut in, I then proceeded to the second glue up.
Mallet 2
Between the glue ups I started working on the handle again. I used the handle last night to test my new Auriou rasp for the 29ths reviewathon. It did a great job, though learning how to use the rasp I did leave some deep teeth marks in the handle. So out came my 3M 80 grit sandpaper, and I spent the better part of a 1/2 hour working the handle. It now feels great in my hand, I am looking forward to finishing this puppy up.
Mallet 3
You can see I have done the layout for the 1/2” x 1” long threaded rods to add some heft to the mallet. Tomorrow, I will get the weights epoxied into the head of the mallet and the final glue up done. Hopefully I can complete that early enough to get the head onto the bandsaw and get it shaped and ready for finishing.

Anyone have a recommendation for a finish, I would be interested in hearing about it. I used tung oil for the finish on the other two mallets I built.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 03-02-2008 05:42 AM

Looking good. I made a mallet a few years back, and am fond of it. Are you going to dowel it?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 03-02-2008 05:54 AM

Great plan. thanks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-02-2008 11:49 AM

That should be a nice mallet – I think the Tung Oil is probably a good choice for the finish.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 03-02-2008 06:24 PM

The kerfs in the handle top are for shims that get glued in.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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