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    First Turning - Mallet

    The sharpening station is up and running, not finished yet. I sharpened most of my tools and had the bug to turn something.

    I started out with a relatively easy project today. I needed a good wooden mallet for my chisels, so I found a piece of scrap hard maple and mounted it between centers. It came out a little short, so I will probably make another at some point. I wasn't too concerned about sanding real fine, but it still came out ok.
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    Rich (the Yooper)

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    Well Rich, you've probably been reading the turning forums on the web enough to know that a lot of folks turn a bonker for their first piece. I'd say this qualifies as a professional-grade bonker. Way to go.
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    It used to be an unofficial requirement that first pieces shown here had to be bonkers. Your qualifies and then some. That's fine.
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    well at least it was tool for flat work rich you arent completly gone from our world
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    well at least it was tool for flat work rich you arent completly gone from our world
    Nah, Larry, we use the mallets all the time on the lathe. Gotta use something to drive the spur center into a blank. Face it...Rich is a goner.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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    Thanks for the compliments.

    Larry, I am not totally gone. I have two flatwork projects that I am quoting this week. I thought this might get a few comments from the round folks, but then like the guys said, it is a normal first turning project.

    I decided to go round to fill in the dead time between flatwork projects. The last dry spell was 5 months. I was thinking maybe I could turn some stuff in the dead time so I could keep a little cash flow.
    Rich (the Yooper)

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    You've qualified with your first bonker.
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    Good looking bonker you've got there! Reminds me that I need a pretty good bonker one of these days...
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    Nice mallet (bonker). looking forward to seeing more as time allows.

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    Nice job, Rich.


    Bruce
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    "The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"

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