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Club style mallet - PEP BB roundwood.sand.club

BB round wood woodworking - sand badge
 
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Here's the simple mallet I carved today. I followed the "Carve a Simple Mallet With Only an Axe!" video tutorial. I brought out my hand saw but after a bit of time I decided to opt out of using it.

Here's a photo of the wood and the tools I would use to make the mallet.



Here's the mallet about halfway through working on the handle.



Here's the finished mallet held in my hand. Definitely fits well.



Here's the finished mallet with the axe. I used the axe almost exclusively as the saw seemed too slow to work with for the task. This was my first-ever authentic "hatchet job" beyond splitting wood or lopping branches, and I think I did all right.



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I'd say that this is skating close to the edge for the requirement that you can't get a splinter from the handle.  I'd love to see a bit smoother handle in the future.

 
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I have no woodworking or bush-crafting experience, though I do spend a lot of time vicariously crafting through youtube.

The biggest obstacle was actually identifying/learning about local fauna and wood while alive and as discarded cutoffs (seems like a missing BB category). I'm 80% sure I've used Alder wood. Hard to work with, dramatic color changes and potentially decays fast, learning experience indeed.

The whole project took an afternoon.

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Finishing
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Note: Awesome job James!

 
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Here is my submission for Club style mallet - PEP BB roundwood.sand.club:

To document this Badge Bit, I am providing proof of the following as pictures:

   - My chunk of wood that I started with (about 16 inches long and 4 inches in diameter)
   - progress about half way through, with the hand tools I have decided to use for this
   - final product held in my hand showing that my thumb and first finger can touch
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starting chunk of wood + saw to cut part way in
starting chunk of wood + saw to cut part way in
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using a kindling cracker
using a kindling cracker
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progress
progress
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used Mike's proper shaving horse to smooth the handle
used Mike's proper shaving horse to smooth the handle
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progress
progress
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final product held in my hand showing that my thumb and first finger can touch
final product held in my hand showing that my thumb and first finger can touch
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Note: I hereby certify this badge bit complete.

 
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Here is my submission for the club style mallet.  I like the type with a taper from the handle width to the head width, so I went for one of those.  Most of material was removed with a hatchet, then I finished the handle shape with a draw knife on Mike Haasl's excellent shave horse. Finally it was sanded to prevent splinters.

Side note: These things work great with a kindling cracker. When the firewood is too far down in the cracker guard, the club mallet can be used on end to pound it through.
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Starting log with a couple hew marks
Starting log with a couple hew marks
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Splitting off some bulk
Splitting off some bulk
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Finished mallet with terrible lighting
Finished mallet with terrible lighting
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Note: Well done. I certify this BB complete.  Like finger and thumb photo

 
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I made a mallet for the first time. Note for the future: choose a harder wood. I am afraid this one will not last very long. But over all I am pleased with it.
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I wasn't sure whether I would use the ax or the draw knife more, turns out it was the draw knife.
I wasn't sure whether I would use the ax or the draw knife more, turns out it was the draw knife.
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I refined the shape of the handle more with a pocket knife.
I refined the shape of the handle more with a pocket knife.
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As good as it'll get
As good as it'll get
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Wahoo, all done!
Wahoo, all done!
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Carved a club style mallet, it was very very fun to make. I'm super glad to have this mallet and it looks super awesome.
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finished making a club style mallet .I think it will be pretty effective.
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sorry I posted in the wrong forum.
 
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I made my club style mallet out of a limb of a linden tree from a job site.  It was bit unorthodox to ask the painters to trim the trees, but we did and I salvaged a few of the bigger clearer limbs.  It is a bit short, around 13-14 inches, I believe, but I find this is comfortable and will serve me better than a larger mallet would at this time.  It started at 4 inches around, but peeled it is a bit smaller.  If I find I need a larger mallet in the future I now know how to quickly produce one!

My son saw me making this and became intrigued, so I got him fixed up to make his own "beater."
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Gunnar Gebhard wrote:I made my club style mallet out of a limb of a linden tree from a job site.  It was bit unorthodox to ask the painters to trim the trees, but we did and I salvaged a few of the bigger clearer limbs.  It is a bit short, around 13-14 inches, I believe, but I find this is comfortable and will serve me better than a larger mallet would at this time.  It started at 4 inches around, but peeled it is a bit smaller.  If I find I need a larger mallet in the future I now know how to quickly produce one!

My son saw me making this and became intrigued, so I got him fixed up to make his own "beater."



Gunnar, you're missing a picture of you holding it and showing your thumb and forefinger touch. Can you post the additional photo? Then we can probably approve it.
 
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