[Carving Mallet] Completion

I came real close…real close…to just going ahead and using the little carving mallet I made in the end I decided to take it to the bitter end and finish it proper-like.

This is how I did it.  After hand sanding the handle with 100, 150 and 220 grit to get rid of the obvious chatter marks from the chisel I used as a spokeshave (need to build/buy one of those bad boys), I pulled out the belt sander of justice and went to town with an 80 grit belt.

Then, and only then, was I finally satisfied with the shape of the handle.  It still feels great in my hand, but it looks better now too, with a pleasing curve that isn’t choppy.

Once everything was as smooth as I wanted it (I didn’t want the thing to go flying out of my grip) I decided to use some paste wax and polish it up.  That made a big difference in the coloration of the cherry.  It went for a very pasty, dull, light pink, to a deep almost orange color.

After two coats of paste wax and buffing, I am happy with how this little project turned out.  It’s got a nice shape, a pleasant feel int eh hand, and the wax gives it a slightly tacky, yet smooth surface for me to grip.  Really looking forward to trying this mallet out on the leg vise carving coming up.

All in all, not bad for $7 and a few hours work!

IMG_20130830_105457_834FYI the gnomon is 6 inches in length.

And here’s a family portrait:IMG_20130830_105540_519

Left to right, the crappy little plane iron adjustment hammer I made (which is oddly shaped and too light…) the new carving mallet, and Kroktskaft.



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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