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Club style mallet - PEP BB roundwood.sand.club

BB round wood woodworking - sand badge
 
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I was felling a tree and my bow saw got stuck. I wanted to use a hatchet as a wedge but I needed a mallet. So, I cut one from the tree I was butchering.

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My starting wood — my shod foot is just over a foot long
My starting wood — my shod foot is just over a foot long
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Hacking off the branch node/knot is a PITA
Hacking off the branch node/knot is a PITA
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Not sure where half done is but I worked with the hatchet for all the gross shaping.
Not sure where half done is but I worked with the hatchet for all the gross shaping.
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Then I switched to a carving knife to beaten up the handle.
Then I switched to a carving knife to beaten up the handle.
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Done. I first thought the handle irregularities was a flaw but I found in using it that it allowed me to change the way I was holding it with the task.
Done. I first thought the handle irregularities was a flaw but I found in using it that it allowed me to change the way I was holding it with the task.
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This one was pretty fun.  I didn't realize how quick it would go.  I used a chunk of Paw Paw wood.
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Starting with a nice piece of Paw Paw
Starting with a nice piece of Paw Paw
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Cutting it down with a hatchet, I didn't get a picture, but I used a sawyer pruning saw to cut some around the handle before I used the hatchet.
Cutting it down with a hatchet, I didn't get a picture, but I used a sawyer pruning saw to cut some around the handle before I used the hatchet.
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Getting close!
Getting close!
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Fine tuning the handle
Fine tuning the handle
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Sanding the handle
Sanding the handle
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Finished!
Finished!
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Note: Missing a photo detail: final product held in your hand showing that your thumb and first finger can touch (any fatter than that and your hand will get very tired using it)

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Sorry, I forgot to take that last picture!  I lashed it with paracord and can still get my fingers around it.
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Minimum requirements:
  - roughly 16" long and 4" diameter at the fat end
  - handle that you can comfortably hold
  - handle is smooth enough that you won't get a splinter using it
  - made with hand tools only

To document this Badge Bit, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (<2 mins):

  - Your chunk of wood that you are starting with (about 16 inches long and 4 inches in diameter)
  - progress about half way through, with the hand tools you have decided to use for this
  - final product held in your hand showing that your thumb and first finger can touch (any fatter than that and your hand will get very tired using it)



I harvested a piece of wood from the trail I maintain using a hand saw. The top of a tulip tree had come down during hurricane Ida. The branch was still green and I took a long enough piece so I could use the excess to make the other sand badge mallet.

I cut a 16 inch piece. I then cut a ring, the depth of my bow saw blade, marking the end of the head and start of the shaft. I then used my hand axe to shape the handle and my Japanese Nata to remove the bark from the head and chamfer the edges.

I only used my axe on the shaft, rotating and removing fine slivers to get a very smooth fines. It’s the first time I’ve used an axe for such delicate work. It was a real joy.

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Close up of smooth handle
Close up of smooth handle
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The following is my submission for the BB round wood make a club style mallet.  I raise a journal for each BB so that I can add to it as I learn more.  When completed, the journals will form a complete book of learning.
Thanks for reviewing the submission.
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Pictures showing the steps in making a Club Style Mallet
Pictures showing the steps in making a Club Style Mallet
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Requirements and Learning Journal
Requirements and Learning Journal
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