In this Instructable I'm just going to show how a little imagination and some "scrap" material can be turned into something useful.
Some time ago a friend gave me some wood flooring samples (because I asked her - thanks, Mindy) that included Maple, Oak, Russian Alder and Walnut. Literally hundreds of pieces headed for the trash. The flooring store has to replace these samples as fashion changes or, after a couple of years, as the manufacturing process makes the colors slightly different. They just throw the old samples away.
I thought there must be some way to use these samples and prevent them from being dumped in the landfill.
This Christmas, one of my daughters sent me a present of wood carving chisels. IDEA! why not make myself a Carver's Mallet?
The first picture is the mallet I made along with a couple of the chisels. The second picture is some of the flooring samples Mindy gave me.
Let's get started!
First I scraped off the labels on the samples using Mineral Spirits and the Scraper. This worked pretty well and they only needed to be wiped down afterwards with a cotton rag.