Brass and cocobolo mallet
I love the combination of dark wood and brass. I was recently gifted a small metal lathe, and I've this project was on the top of my list. Learning to make a seems joint between the metal and wood required a big step forward for me on both the metal and wood lathes.
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First time with brass on the metal lathe. Facing it off and putting a small chamfer on the corner. I'm really just experimenting with the form tool, here.
In addition to learning the metal lathe, I had to learn how getting metal cutting tools. All told, the finish came out far better than I expected.
Now starting the mortise for the handle. I started with a drill, then ended up with a boring bar to ensure the hole is perfectly concentric.
The bottom of the head is done. Now it's time to turn it around in the chuck, shorten it a bit, and finish the top. The hardest part is getting the piece back in the chuck perfectly. If it isn't perfectly aligned, there will be a ridge between the "old" and "new" cuts.
Going for 1.5". I'll take that.
Going for 3/4". Again, I'll take that.
Now, onto the wood. I knew I'd be taking it off the lathe a lot to test fit the handle in the head, so I turned it between centers and marked a spur, so I could realign it easily and maintain concentricity.
Playing with the skew, both to peel down the tenon and to round out the body.
So the eagle eyed will notice this is not cocobolo. My first handle was with bocote, but I want happy with it at all, so I stayed over with cocobolo. However, this picture shows how I tried to give the epoxy better grip between the metal and the wood.
And the final images.
That is a beautiful mallet! I love the brass/cocobolo combo.
Thanks, Sean. It's hard to go wrong with cocobolo!