Making a mallet was fun! I really enjoy using the lathe when I get the hang of it- it takes a bit to get used to.
First I found a few scraps of plywood from the shop. I then glued them together and clamped them down overnight to dry. With the miter saw, I carefully cut them down so that they are all at an even length (because I found that trying to put a big piece on the lathe takes a long time to carve down, and I did not have enough time).
I then hammered the small piece of the lathe into the wood, and then realized the block of wood was too big and heavy for it so I switched to the bigger piece and drilled it in.
Because of a lack of time I was unable to keep using the lathe. This was my result. I’m not sure if I used the tool the wrong way, or maybe it’s just a stylistic choice, but for some reason I tcarved vertically instead of horizontally, The effect was kind of cool though. Right before the shop was closing at 11pm, I finished but could not get the piece of metal with my wood on it off of the lathe. It was stuck! I tried everything and luckily Nitish was around and after a few tries finally got it off with a wrench. He worked with these type of machinery in his Undergrad, and said that this was probably because at ITP we need to put oil on and take care of our machinery…yikes.
Once we finally got my piece off of the lathe, I went to the drill press, and using the jig Ben left for us, I drilled two holes into the mallet head (with the measurements taken on the lathe- 0, 90, and -90 that Ben posted in his blog). I then took a tiny dowel and hammered it into one of the holes. I was shocked at how much sturdier and tight that made both parts of the mallet hold together.
Final Product sanded and put on the wax lathe- I wish I had more time on the lathe to make details and carve it a bit more precisely but I did not have the time.
What I learned
- It is cool that I can glue different pieces of wood together and use as material that can be used on different machines- the product can come out as very unique without being too expensive (as opposed to buying exotic wood)
- To sharpen the tools often
- It is better to use the bigger piece of the lathe and drill it into my wood if I am using a bigger piece of wood
- My arm was starting to hurt
- Very time consuming
- The tools need to be sharpened often especially with a job this big
- The metal piece with my wood on it got stuck on the lathe