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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Central (upstate) NY

    first mallet

    I'm making my first mallet. It has kind of an odd shape, but it is from some free maple that I have on hand.

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    Here it is, still on the lathe. I have some tearout on the handle, but after getting some pointers from Joe while at Bill's recently, I plan on going after the handle again with a small gouge, taking off light cuts to hopefully shave away the tearout.

    My ultimate plan is to finish the handle portion with Bush Oil (a Maloof formula pre-mixed finish) and to try out an artistic treatment for practice on the head portion. My plan is to mask off the handle and then carefully and lightly apply some airbrush color so that a rainbow gradation is achieved, but that still shows the grain. I'll probably apply a poly finish over that.

    It is getting cold here now, so I may not complete this project until spring, but wanted to show off what little I have gotten done.

  2. #2
    Nice first bonker! When I started turning nearly two years ago, that's the first recognizeable turning I made. Mine ended up in the possession of a Moxie-head in Maine who riled and whipped the inmates who shoved me into the Vortex.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Central (upstate) NY
    Oh! I almost forgot to mention that it is made from quarter-sawn maple!

    I mean, it started out as a quarter of the log, that means it's quarter-sawn, right?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Looks good, Mark. Looking forward to seeing the color scheme when it's done.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Looks great, Mark!

    Don't let the wife get ahold of it... she might put it to good use!
    I may be lost but I'm making good time!
    Three Seasons Woodturnings

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Great job Mark. If the Fitz (The Bonker Master) says it is nice you done good.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  7. #7
    Looks good! I have 2 that I turned in the last few weeks, have been real handy with my chisels. Turning honey dippers now! How many of those do you need in 1 house! Having a great time, but really want to do some pens and bowls soon. A bigger learning curve there for me!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Yep, that is a good "Bonker" for sure!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Mark, as many told me after my first now are officially a turner! Hope you don't have to wait until spring to finish it.
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Schenectady, NY


    That'll do very nicely Mark. It's not that cold up here yet-still above freezing (34 deg F. in Schenectady) this morning. You can still get it done. Supposed to be a nice weekend. Have fun!
    Don Orr

    Woodturners make the World go ROUND

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