Turned Mallets (2005, 2006)
It's turned from glued-up maple scraps and the finish is orange shellac. I consider this a practice project, and I intend to follow it up with a nicer mallet with multiple woods and a more refined shape.
May 2005 Update:
Sept 2006 Update:
Zowie - what a freekin mess! Turning the cover off the pin created looooong continuous delrin shavings that wrapped around everything in sight. I had to cut out the drive and tail centers. Also created the occasional fat thin shaving that stayed attached to the pin and spun around to slap you in the fingers. That said, it was kinda fun to peel off shavings 50 yards long. Tried all sorts of gouges and scrapers and found the bowl gouge easiest to use.
The mallet turned out pretty good. The center must be hollow cause when I shake it I can hear something rattling around inside. I don't need any more mallets so I think I'm gonna use the other pin for something else. Maybe a weed pot or a lamp base or who knows...
And here are all three mallets together. This pic really shows how large the bowling pin mallet is (I'll reserve it for heavy duty whacking), and it also shows a bit of the wear and tear on the first two.
Sept 2006 Update #2:
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