Carving Mallet

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This is the second project with the new Jet 1014 lathe. The head is hophornbeam, with walnut and cherry for the handle. The center is an oak dowel.

Finish is just two coats of BLO. Next coat will be paste wax.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - https://timetestedtools.net and https://diy.timetestedtools.net

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Looks great Don! I like the color shifts. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Very nice looking.    Bet it serves the purpose well.   

Ron

Way better than kindling!
It's surprising what is found in the wood pile

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - https://timetestedtools.net and https://diy.timetestedtools.net

That stack turned into a great looking tool. 
beautiful mallet don !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Very well made! Your glue-up is a work of art in itself. Carvers mallets were my first made projects on a lathe given me by an older woodworker years ago. Prior to these I'd practice every so often making symetrical cylinders but nothing triuly finished. The genesis of design over the last 15 years has settled into something I'm proud to give to any new woodworkers I meet in my travels. It's a great conversation starter and has led to a number of new friendships. I use Lignum Vitae for the body but I'll have to look for hornbeam now. Keep turning and show us the results. 

Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

Nice design! It should last for years.
Note: Hornbeam and hophornbeam are not the same.  hophornbeam is possibility the hardest native wood to the northeast according to the janka scale. Hornbeam is not as hard.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - https://timetestedtools.net and https://diy.timetestedtools.net

Looks like that’ll properly persuade things, Don!

May you have the day you deserve!

I like the way you made a shish kabob by gluing  a bunch of crap together and then turned it round.  Turned out to be a beaut.  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

One of the things that makes owning a lathe worthwhile - making what we couldn't justify spending a lot of money to buy.

Looks good Don, I like the way you made the blank.
Nicely done, that should persuade anything in place.

Main Street to the Mountains

Nice mallet. Looks cool, too!

No name noobie here

Love the look, but seems like no else one asked about its strength.  

The link between the head and the walnut looks just a tad open to a few oopsies..  Is there a minimal force. 
Never been a fan of end-grain glue ups.

Cheap and woodwortking in the same sentenc is an oxymoron!

I figured that 3/4 oak dowel running through the middle of it all would be more than enough strength for a carving mallet.

That’s my belief as well!

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - https://timetestedtools.net and https://diy.timetestedtools.net

My point... while I love the mallet look, not everyone is going to wade through all the comments (18 at this time) to see how it is/was braced... sorry if I missed something to the contrary.

Cheap and woodwortking in the same sentenc is an oxymoron!

Obviously, not everyone looks at the pictures either.  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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