I'm so happy w/ your results I'd be ecstatic to take that off of your hands...
Thanks Stick but this one stays with me!I'm so happy w/ your results I'd be ecstatic to take that off of your hands...
Thanks Mike. The handle design was originally unintentional. The original handle girth felt "fat" in my hand so I was looking for ways to minimise it, but only a fairly small amount. So I though of this design, probably got the idea from seeing some fantasy hammers online. I cut a large dado using the saw table and rounded off. It felt good in the hand. I thought it was going to feel funny using the hammer the other way around, but it feels okay.Nice looking mallet. Interesting handle design, was that your design or was that something you saw when you were researching for the project?
Thanks Rick. Yeah the handle looked bare and it needed some detail. Simple but effective.Really nice work, loving the little details
Hi Paul. You wouldn't find red gum being used in fence posts now, but in the mid part of the 1900's it was common here in Australia as it was plentiful. I'm just happy I kept them when the fence was renewed. I wasn't even into wood working then! Red Gum is a hard wood.Red gum is not something we'd find in a fence post around here. It adds a nice contrast to the mallet, Tom. Is that a soft or hard wood?
That was the intention Charles. :no: Okay, no it wasn't. I thought about that after I had actually cut the dado and held it in my hand. Unintended advantage.The notched handle is a good idea even though it was unintended at the start. It will prevent slippage in your hand.
Hi Guy. I believe the Australian red gum is only found here in Australia. It is called river red gum and is a Eucalyptus species. I love the red colour of this wood, although it can be quite brittle at times.We have a wood called Red Gum here in East Texas. It is an invasive species. It makes great big spikey balls (seed pods) that fall and get all over your yard and are not good to step on. It has from a brown to a red color. A friend of mine was laid off from the oil field and worked with his father in law remodeling. They had a job making a barn into a bunk house for guests. They used the Red Gum to cover walls and had a lot of end cuts left over and he gave them to me and I made a jewelry box for his wife. I also had a lot of it left over and made pens and they were quite nice. Dont know if it is the same species as in Australia but my Red Gum is pretty. The leaves are about 4 inches and have 5 fingers and are green but turn red in the fall.
Herb this is what Tom said about itGreat job Tom, What may I ask is the metal fastener on each side of the head?
That is a great idea, Tell your friend "Thanks for the tip. I too will make note of that.Herb this is what Tom said about it
"The screw in the center is two 6mm screws with a steel tube mounted in the handle and threaded. Almost like a Chicago screw.
The handle is fitted into the head with wood glue, silver screws fitted and wedges installed."
Sounds like a great idea, I made a note to myself to remember this in case I need this idea in the future. I could have used this a few times if I would have known before. Guess I just wasn't thinking and went a different route.