Veneer strip for mallet

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Forum topic by bonaventura posted 07-06-2011 07:37 AM 1181 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2011 07:37 AM


i just discovered that my father in law has 4 boards of teak laying around so im planning to build a mallet from one of the boards for practice (noob here).

the mallet head will be ard 3” wide (5 laminates) and im tinkering abt gluing a thin dark veneer for decorative purpose. im thinking abt a very thin strip (0.25 mm or so) like here :

so here are the questions:
1. can i layer handplane shavings on a face and then sand to thickness to get that effect?
2. how will it affect the head’s integrity
3. since i dont have a dark/contrasting wood i also consider to dye the shavings dark. is this wise?

appreciate your advise.


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#1 posted 07-16-2011 06:16 AM

Using handplane shavings in this way would certainly be unique. I would be really interested in how this approach works out; please post picture if you can (I always seem to forget the camera in the house when I do projects;-), , of your progress!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 07-16-2011 06:57 AM

>“(noob here)”
Don’t be afraid to break the rules(unless it is a safety issue)

1. Yes you can if glued properly, but I would rather cut strips on a TS and go from there. It would be so much easier. PS: I’m a power tool guy. My biggest problem with your hand plane shavings would in getting them a consistent thickness.

2. Not much IMO. We’re talking about a mallet to hit chisels, right? (As opposed to a 5lb sledge)

3. That should be fine, just let them dry good before gluing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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