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Ipe & maple mallet #2: Turning

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Blog entry by Rick M. posted 134 days ago 673 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Glue up Part 2 of Ipe & maple mallet series Part 3: Burning lines with Formica »

I always forget to take pictures so it goes from mounted on the lathe to nearly done.

I knocked the corners off on the tablesaw. The bandsaw would have been my first choice but mine only has a carbon steel blade and ipe can damage carbon steel. I only have 2 types of turning tools, carbon steel (cs) and carbide (note to self: really need to get some HSS tools), so it was carbide on the head and c.s. on the maple. The ipe machined nicely but carbide tends to tear out more than steel so I had a good bit of sanding. Ipe is merely amused by sandpaper so I got the head fairly smooth but not perfect.

Normally I prefer linseed oil only on tool handles, especially hammers/mallets, but wanted to keep the maple a neutral color so I used blonde shellac instead.

The lines were burned with a piece of Formica which does a nicer, cleaner, line than wire. Tried burning a couple lines in the end grain but it wasn’t happening, guessing the pores slow heat build up.

Mallet is finished. Final weight is 17 oz. I’ll post pics in the project section when I get to them.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|



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BTimmons

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#1 posted 134 days ago

Very nice looking.

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#2 posted 134 days ago

Nice Job Rick!

-- - Terry

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#3 posted 134 days ago

I like your design Rick. Thought it would be a little heavier. How is the balance? Let me know what you think after using it. I have about 100bdft of Ipe left and have thought about using some it for a mallet.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 134 days ago

Great looking mallet. Looks like it will be around for awhile. Good job on the turning.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Rick M.

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#5 posted 134 days ago

I thought it would be a little heavier too, maybe 22 oz. But I got carried away roughing and turned the diameter down thinner than intended; should have been about 3.25” diameter and ended up a little under 3. The balance isn’t bad, obviously front heavy.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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Matty272

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#6 posted 134 days ago

That looks lovely; absolutely lovely!

One question, though: What is Ipe? Totally unfamiliar with the name :(

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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Matty272

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#7 posted 134 days ago

Don’t worry, I’ve found the answer with a quick google ;) Don’t know why I didn’t do that before posting the question

http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/ipe/

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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#8 posted 134 days ago

What is the finish over the ipe? Blonde shellac as well?

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#9 posted 134 days ago

Fantastic!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Rick M.

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#10 posted 134 days ago

Thanks everyone. Yes, shellac on the ipe. Finished, pictures should be going up as a project later tonight or tomorrow morning.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#11 posted 133 days ago

Clean work Rick!

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CFrye

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#12 posted 133 days ago

Beautiful mallet Rick! Really like the construction. May have to copy this. Thanks for the ‘how to’.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 133 days ago

@RickM—Well done, buddy! Good choice of woods, too. Re: the burned lines on the handle—I imagine that you just hold a piece of formica against the piece while turning. Did you just use a square-edged piece of formica to burn the lines, or did you use a shaped piece? Just curious, since your blog is the first mention I’ve seen of using formica in that way. Nice blog too, BTW.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Rick M.

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#14 posted 132 days ago

Thanks. Just a rectangle Formica sample, used the edge to burn the line. Snagged one of the free samples from Lowes, one of the ugly ones that no one wants .

Since there was a lot of interest I added another blog entry on burning lines.

Looks like this one except mine is reddish.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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Rick M.

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#15 posted 132 days ago

BTW, here is the project page.

Click for details

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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