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PoohBaah

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04-30-2018 04:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: summer swap swap hammer mallet

Alright everyone its that time again to sign up for the next swap. With the democratic process we have decided on Mallet/Hammer.

A Note: This swap is in no way officially sponsored by, run by, or otherwise tied to “LumberJocks” as a company or organization, or to any of the parent or sibling holdings thereof. It is simply run by those of us who participate on LumberJocks.
In order to participate in a swap you must be a member in good standing in the lumberjocks community. The moderator can not be expected to, and will not act as a go between for banned or blocked members.

Basic Details
If you have not participated in one of our LumberJocks Shop Made Swaps before, Welcome! It’s relatively simple; each participant makes their swap item(s) and will get a name and address via e-mail after progress pictures are turned in and before the shipping deadline to where they will be mailing their entry. Postage is to be paid by the sender. The LumberJock who you’re shipping to, as well as the one who is shipping to you, will be selected randomly. Unless there are special circumstances – like the need for international shipping – I will not influence who anyone is paired with.

Rules for this swap
- Teaser shots are allowed, but please do not post full in-progress or finished pictures until after the reveal date. Remember we want everyone to be surprised when they receive their package!
- A progress pic (sent to me) will be required NO LATER THAN the due date listed near the end of this post. The progress pic needs to show that you’ve put sufficient time and work into the project to be able to complete it by the ship date. I know things come up so if you don’t have a progress pic by the required date but are confident you’ll still be able to complete your item by the ship date, just e-mail me BEFORE the progress pic due date and we’ll make arrangements. Anyone who doesn’t e-mail me a progress pic or let me know why they haven’t by 11:59 pm EST on the due date will be dropped from the list of participants.

What we’re making
We are making Mallets/Hammers. Use your imagination and creativity for this folks. Build one from scratch or maybe find some neat old one and restore it with a new handle. Be open minded and don’t limit yourself. If you have questions or an idea that you think may work but are unsure email me and I can make that judgement call. I’m suggesting that your item fit in a medium size USPS flat rate box, but if you want to go bigger, that’s ok with me. Remember size doesn’t always matter, Kenny.

Bonus items
Bonus Items are completely optional and are not in any way required or expected. In past swaps, some folks include an extra “goody” along with their swap items. Bonus items do not have to be related to the swap theme, or even woodworking for that matter. Nobody’s expecting anything other than swap items though, so don’t feel any obligation whatsoever to add anything extra. It’s something that has evolved in past swaps so I wanted to address it up front.

How to sign up
Post below letting me know that you are in and then send an e-mail to ( ljsummerswap2018 @ gmail.com ) containing ALL of the following information:

-LumberJocks Username
- Real Name
- Email address
- Shipping Address, including country
- Let me know if you are not willing to ship internationally (so I can make sure I pair any non-US participants accordingly)

I’ll send a confirmation e-mail and will be keeping a list of confirmed participants below that I will update periodically. If you don’t get a confirmation email and see your name on the list within a day or two of e-mailing me, shoot me another e-mail or PM so I don’t miss anybody.
Progress pictures will also be sent to the above e-mail address no later than the due date given below.

Your recipient’s name and address will be sent to you from the same e-mail address so make sure it’s not caught by your spam filter.

Important dates
In order to participate, you need to adhere to the dates below. Failure to do so will result in you getting dropped from the swap. If you can’t make the progress picture or ship dates, please make sure to notify me immediately so that I can update my incredibly high-tech collection of Post-It Notes.

-Register for swap, please register by: May 21
- Progress picture, please send by: June 18
- Ship date, please ship by: July 14
- Reveal date: July 20 No final pics until this date. Let the recipient post a pic or two before the sender posts their “formal” pics and project entry. We may reveal earlier if everyone has received their package before the reveal date.
-Closing date: July 25. Please post “reveal” photos by this date. Everyone’s anxious to post their projects and for the other participants to see what they made. If your recipient hasn’t posted reveal pics by this date, then it’s open season! Feel free to post your own pics in this thread and go ahead and post your project. (Unless there is a shipping problem – then please wait for your recipient to get it and post a few pics)

Other Stuff:
When you post your projects, use the tag “2018 Mallet Swap” so we can all easily find the projects in one spot.
This is a collaborative learning experience for all of us so make use of this forum thread to share knowledge and ideas as well asking questions and getting advice. These swaps are about the journey more than the destination!
After all that I want to say that I hope we all have a good time and great discussion while this swap goes on. That is truly what these swaps are about, growing as wood workers, learning new techniques and trying new things out. And also to get something cool in the mail.

Inspiration: Hammers Mallets

Members Signed up:

PoohBaah – P S R
HokieKen – P S R
Woodmaster1 – P S R
Palaswood – P S R
ElroyD – P S R
KelleyCrafts – P S R
GrantA – P S R
builtinbkyn – P S R
Woodknack – P S R
doubleG469 – P S R
mikeacg - P S R
Mosquito – P S R
jeffswildwood – P S R
EarlS – P S R
Wilson_woodworking – P S R
GR8HUNTER – P S
BeardedDog – P S R
jmartel – P S R
RcihBolduc – P S R
JayT – P S R
Lazyman – P S R
bmichs75DVM – P S R
treg – P S R
PhillipRCW – P S R
woodcox – P S R
bobasaurus – P S R
Buckbuster31 – P S R
John Smith – P S R
ToddJB – P S

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon


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palaswood

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#1 posted 04-30-2018 04:43 PM

I am down. So down.

Mallet swap LETS GOoooo!

How you guys been. It’s been a long time since I’ve been posting on LJs. A swap is a great way to get reqacquainted.

I got married and had a little boy since being on here, so lots of changes. I’m excited to start kicking around ideas.

Joseph

@palas_woodcraft on IG

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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PoohBaah

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#2 posted 04-30-2018 04:48 PM

Welcome back to the fold. Congrats on the wedding and also the son. Glad you are going to join us on this one.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#3 posted 04-30-2018 05:05 PM

I’m in :-)) Welcome Joseph, good looking boy ya got there!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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KelleyCrafts

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#4 posted 04-30-2018 05:08 PM

Congrats Joseph. I’m still thinking about joining.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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John Smith

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#5 posted 04-30-2018 05:30 PM

~ I’m in ~

I’ll start gathering up my Alder Pallet Wood this weekend !!!

.

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-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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#6 posted 04-30-2018 05:46 PM

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Woodmaster1

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#7 posted 04-30-2018 05:55 PM

I am in. I haven’t done a swap for awhile should be fun.

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palaswood

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#8 posted 04-30-2018 06:25 PM

In my experience, anything softer than white oak or hard maple won’t hold up to heavy banging for too many seasons, so if anyone wants to review a list of ‘hard’ hardwoods, you can find a Janka hardness scale here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janka_hardness_test

Just my 2 cents, and maybe not even worth that, but white oak is rated at about 1350 janka hardness (on wood-database), hard maple 1450. Personally, for a joiners mallet, striking with the end grain, I like to keep it above ~1500 and for a carvers mallet, where face/edge grain will be making contact with the chisel/gouge, then I would think even harder wood is going to hold up in the long run. I have some hard maple carvers mallets that are simply destroyed after a few projects but I am hardly careful not to damage the tool face, since im focused on the end result. Maybe something north of 1600/1700 on the janka scale makes more sense. Some will go right to the lignum vitae, and they may be onto something.

I’m considering something in the realm of a rosewood…

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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GrantA

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#9 posted 04-30-2018 06:29 PM

Is it safe to say that you’ll tell us who we will be sending to shortly after the progress pic due date? I like the idea of being able to customize the swap goodies but I will be on a tight time schedule and will have to ship out a couple days early. I fly out 7/11 to Alaska for 10 days of fishing :-) I’ll be sure to post pics

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PoohBaah

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#10 posted 04-30-2018 06:38 PM

Yes Grant, I will send out the recipients info as soon as I have all the progress pictures in and the latest that should be is June 18.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#11 posted 04-30-2018 06:42 PM

Good points and info Joseph. I will add that where the wood comes from in the tree can have a lot of influence on the longevity of the head as well. I have pieces of Maple and Oak I’ve picked up off the side of the road just because they had crotch sections. Pieces with tight, interlocking grain can last most of forever.

I would love to have some Osage to make some joiners mallets with. I can’t find any locally at all and haven’t found any online that is the size I need at reasonable prices. So if anyone has access to chunks of Osage Orange (Hedge) I’d love to get my hands on a box or two!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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palaswood

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#12 posted 04-30-2018 06:55 PM

really great point Kenny,

The crotch is much harder to chisel through, and can cause splitting, but if you are careful, and work in a vise where the split would be contained by the pressure of the vice jaws, you should be ok. And it’s probably worth it for a wood that is rated on the softer side of hard. But really, any hardwood, using common sense based on how heavy and dense it is should, provide a nice beater, so if ya’ll can’t find some good crotch, ya gonna be ok. That being said, i may have to hunt for some crotch…

I have some osage in 7/8ths, that im considering for a handle, but a mallet head of the stuff would be so sweet.

I also have some kingwood that would make a neat handle… dang, so many choices, I may have to make several and pick the best one

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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KelleyCrafts

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#13 posted 04-30-2018 07:03 PM

Well, mine will be made of AZ woods and some metal I think AND with my bonus item included would cover two of the themes that were eligible for the voting AND they go together so mine covers all the bases. I’m looking forward to getting started on this one.

Hopefully people get fancy and creative, this should be a good swap to really do that with for sure.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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PoohBaah

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#14 posted 04-30-2018 07:05 PM

Dave that didn’t take long.


I m still thinking about joining.

- KelleyCrafts


-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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KelleyCrafts

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#15 posted 04-30-2018 07:06 PM

I would hate to not join after all of Kenny’s hard work voting for the thing.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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