Mjolnir (part 2)

After finishing up the leg vise, I had a little bit of time leftover and decided to get cracking on Mjolnir (yeah, it thinks a lot of itself!).

I finalized the design and drew it on the handle.  It has the typical laminated mallet shape, tapered inside the head to lock the handle in place.  I decided ti add a little detail to the handle and a pommel.  Totally not necessary but I’m having fun now.

I started to cut the handle free of the excess wood and discovered that hickory is a real tough wood and you sure can’t go too fast.  Once I found a nice smooth rhythm though, the saws really made a nice cut.

I used the coping saw for the tight corners.  It was a lot harder to use than the others (cheap carpenter’s saw and a generic miter saw) but it had a nice smooth kerf.

Real happy how this is turning out so far.  Looks a little wonky in the picture, but the handle will be thinned out.  I just didn’t want to make the cut too close to the line just yet.

Maybe it’s just the relief that the leg vise is done…at any rate, but I am really looking forward to getting to pound stuff with this bad boy.


About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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