Finishing a mallet?
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  Re: Finishing a mallet? by thauburger (Hi all, [br] [br]I'm...)
Looks nice. I have a round headed mallet I made where I soaked the head in BLO overnight. As Warren says, it takes forever to cure, but it added a lot of weight to the mallet. If you use a penetrating oil like BLO, do the ends. If it's a surface varnish, then leave the striking surface natural. A penetrating oil when cured will add some stiffness to the striking surface. On another mallet I have like yours, I took a scrap piece of leather and glued it to one of the surfaces. Works great for coaxing tight fits together without marring the surface.
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  Re: Re: Finishing a mallet? by AHill (Looks nice. I have ...)
Thanks for the leather to the face suggestion. I will try that on my next mallet.
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  Re: Re: Finishing a mallet? by Mike Brady (MM, the handle has t...)
Mike Brady said:


MM, the handle has to fit through the mortise in the head, so it can't have a bulge in the handle.




Doesn't have to come out again, does it? I'd consider glue and contour.
Better to follow the leader than the pack. Less to step in.
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  Re: Finishing a mallet? by thauburger (Hi all, [br] [br]I'm...)
Thanks for the great suggestions, all!
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  Re: Re: Finishing a mallet? by eg54string (Thanks for the leath...)
eg54string said:


Thanks for the leather to the face suggestion. I will try that on my next mallet.




Redneck leather (aka Duck Tape) also makes a great striking surface. I have had my carving mallet sheathed in in for years. The tape reduces bounce.
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  Re: Re: Finishing a mallet? by JimReed@Tallahassee ([blockquote]eg54stri...)
Good suggestion. Thanks. One thing you will never hear a redneck say: "Duct tape won't fix it."

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  Re: Re: Finishing a mallet? by JimReed@Tallahassee ([blockquote]eg54stri...)
Hmmmmmm another outlet for the ole Duck Tape

. Great invention.


Steve
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  Re: Finishing a mallet? by thauburger (Hi all, [br] [br]I'm...)
My mallets are finished with Danish oil. Let the head soak in it if you want to add extra weight.
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#28
  Re: Finishing a mallet? by thauburger (Hi all, [br] [br]I'm...)
Nice mallet. I made a largish one using some beech. It is my holdfast mallet. I have not put a finish on it yet and if I ever feel the need, a simple coat of BLO maybe thinned a bit with mineral spirits will do the trick. No need for anything fancy.
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