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    Home made small carving mallet

    Well this afternoon I got a "b" in my bonnet to make a mallet for wood carving. I had picked up a piece of sintered brass scrap with a hole bored right through it at a local surplus place before going on holiday. Had planned to make mallets before leaving but time ran out.

    So this afternoon cut a piece of the brass off after weighing it and took a piece of dogwood that I purchase way back from LV on a sale and made a handle. Did some work to the brass on the lathe and then assembled and sanded the whole assembly.

    Will be making another two of these given the brass I have.

    Linda wants her own. Not sure about this woodworking with the wife thing....now she is wanting her "own" tools. This could get testy.

    Here is the evidence sorry cell phone pics not the greatest but its fastest.

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    BTW if anyone is interested LV has some great little mallets like this for carving

    http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/pag...=1,41504,43688

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDDz_...layer_embedded
    cheers

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    Very nice Rob. Looks like it would come in handy for a bunch of applications
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    ... ...now she is wanting her "own" tools. This could get testy. ...
    Early in my relationship with LOML, it was obvious she understood a lot about tools. She wasn't interested in making things, per se, but at least she knew why I was interested in different tools. Christmas gifts between us were a combination of useful and 'silly' stuff. The year we got our first house, I was shopping for her and found what I thought was the perfect gift. I wrapped it nicely and presented it to her as we sat by the tree on Christmas Eve. It had a little weight to it and, when she pulled the paper off of it, she shrieked! It was her own "Do It Herself Kit" - a tool kit designed for women with very usable, albeit slightly smaller versions of things like a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, etc. - tools one needs for household fixes. She never had to ask me for a screwdriver, etc., again. Three years ago on Black Friday, I found a similar kit with more robust tools at Lowe's and bought it for her. She liked it so much she gave her original kit to a good friend. Diamonds aren't the only things our women appreciate!

    Oh, by the way Rob - great job on your mallet!
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    Nicely done!

    I had eye balled the LV ones but I think I kind of like yours better

    Did you just use a scraper to do the lathe shaping on it?

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    That's a great-looking mallet, Rob. Well done!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    ...when she pulled the paper off of it, she shrieked! It was her own "Do It Herself Kit" - a tool kit designed for women with very usable, albeit slightly smaller versions of things like a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, etc. - tools one needs for household fixes...
    For some reason, my wife wasn't nearly as excited about the tool kit I got for her...

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    Re: Home made small carving mallet

    Lol Vaughn....lol.

    Ryan answer is yes, brass is soft and i had Vaughns words from Xmas echoing in my head so i stopped and sharpened my lathe tools quickly before having a go at the brass with my scraper.


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    cheers

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    Nicely done Rob
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    Neat. Way to go.
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    Oh man Rob, that turned out nice!

    You need to grasp the power of having your wife involved. Look at all the tools you can buy for the "two" of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Lol Vaughn....lol.

    Ryan answer is yes, brass is soft and i had Vaughns words from Xmas echoing in my head so i stopped and sharpened my lathe tools quickly before having a go at the brass with my scraper.
    Oh, good! I was going to ask the same question. How did the scraper fare, and were you dodging brass chips?

    Nice piece of work!
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