Here is another Keifer inspired mallet – a schnitzel mallet. It’s not as nice as Keifer’s original, but I did one thing I believe Keifer did not, and that was to consult mama (in law), master schnitzeler, in the process. :-)
I’m not so happy with the teeth on the head of the mallet. I made a mockup first which came out awesome, but then I did something wrong while actually making it. I have an idea for the next one.
This was supposed to go with the cutting board I made my parents. I started it on a whim on Christmas day, hoping to finish that same day as I was traveling up to my folks the next day. However, after I got it glued up and trimmed, I ran my ring finger into the router while rounding the edges. That put a quick stop to the day’s activities. My wife wanted me to go to the emergency room but I said bah humbug and treated it myself with cayenne pepper and a bandaid. If you weren’t aware, cayenne pepper (or any ground red pepper like paprika) will help disinfect and cauterize like magic. It doesn’t even sting. By the next morning it was scabbed over and no sign of infection so off we went to grandma’s house, but without the mallet. I just got back today and finished it up toute de suite.
-- Losing fingers since 1969