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.

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About Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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