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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-24-2018, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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These happen to be the only thing I enjoy making on a wood lathe. And I've got over a dozen, different woods, different sizes, and all it cost me to make them was whatever the electricity cost. I even glued a couple of chunks of 2X4 together, and made 1 or two out of those for my older son. My lightest one is from a dead pine tree, it only weighs a few ounces, so no matter how hard you whack a carving chisel with it, it is less than tapping with a larger chisel, can do very delicate work, without worrying about hitting the chisel too hard. The heaviest is from dogwood, and weighs several lbs. When you whack a chisel with that, it will move. The rest are all various sizes and weights. Oh yeah, when you make one you do not need to follow any 'plans' for them. Just turn down one end for a handle, stopping and checking regularly to see hot it fits the hand, then turn down the other end until it is round. And, if you make the large end flat on the end you can stand it on end. Why buy, when it is so very simple, and inexpensive to make.
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Theo, that link must be bad. It just returns me back to this page.

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Theo, I don't have a lathe. I have always wanted one but my wants exceed my money.

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The nice thing about a lathe is that you get instant gratification. Go to the wood pile and grab a log and in a little while you have a finished project. Plus when it's done you can throw it back in the wood pile and start over.
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Mallets are my favorite too. My first one was right after I got my lathe and needed one for tightening and loosing Morse tapers. I made it of dogwood and it's still by the lathe showing a bit of wear but still on the job. I've made them of several woods but locust and dogwood are my favorites. I make them and give them away telling the recipient even though they may not be woodworkers or carvers they will someday find a use for one even if it be smacking a catfish in the head. I presently have my eye on a Redbud that toppled with all the rain and wind.

Might be a good flea market item.

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The link opened fine for me.
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I had to C&P to my browser but, I got it.
Might be a market for carvers that don't use a lathe.

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My only criticism with the maker/seller, is that they are selling for way too little! For guys who don't have a lathe, or have the desire to take the time, paying $30/$40 for a simple but good hand made mallet is not unreasonable. This guy is effectively selling them for $10/each.

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Made in Taiwan, sold out of Oregon............best offer to boot.

and no mention of what kind of wood is used????

might work well in the 3-400 yard range.......

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