Introduction: Carving Mallet
Last week's project was a joiners / wooden mallet, and once i had finished i decided i needed a smaller mallet for detail work and carving.
Nothing elaborate, just simple and effective.
But i also didn't want just a lump of wood on a handle, so i decided i would add a simple inlay and some detail to the handle.
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Step 1: Cutting to Shape
To get a rough shape for the mallet i cut an old fence post down and cut off the sides.
I tried to keep it as square as possible and also to keep some nice grain along the mallet.
Step 2: Inlay
Next it was time to inlay. I was a bit nervous at first as it was my first attempt at an inlay.
It was quite simple though i just cut the mallet into 3 parts and cut some contrasting wood down to rough size.
Making sure the glue surface was as flat as possible i added a ton of glue and clamped it back up.
Step 3: Smooth & Flatten
Once the glue had dried it was time to flatten and shape the mallet.
Basically this just meant a lot of rasping on all four faces and sanding at 80 grit on the top and sides.
Step 4: Handle Detail
To add some detail to the handle i first flattened out the top and bottom.
Next i put it in the vice at an angle and used a rasp to carve out a simple spiral going down the handle.
Basically this just meant rasping a bit, slightly rotating the handle and carrying on the rasp line.
I think it turned out quite well and just adds something to an ordinary handle.
Step 5: Sanding
Now onto the fun part (NOT)
Starting again at 80 grit i sanded everything down flat and smooth and moved onto 120 & 240.
Oh the joy of sanding!
Step 6: Attach & Glue
To attach the two pieces i drilled a 22mm hole with a spade bit , as the handle was 22mm. then it was just a case of adding glue and pounding the handle in place.
Step 7: Finish
Once the glue had dried i finished the mallet with a few coats of diamond hard clear finish.
It offers great protection and a nice finish.
I sanded at 500 grit between coats to keep a smooth surface.
Step 8: Job Done
Thats it, Job Done.
a nice simple and effective carving mallet, with a bit of detail.
Its turned out great in my eyes, a few small cracks but as it was a really old piece of wood im not surprised, you could fill them with epoxy but i quite like the look of it so i left it as is.
This feels nice in the hand and has a great amount of force that can be easily controlled.
I hope you enjoyed.
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