Mallets offer good opportunities for challenging and improving your spindle-turning skills. Typically, you begin with a 3″×3″×12″ block of seasoned or kiln-dried wood. Although more expensive, quarter-sawn woods are less likely to fail than flat-sawn wood. After planning out the design, mount the blank on a lathe. When turning the mallet, use a spindle-roughing gouge to create a cylinder from the blank. More turning is needed to shape the head, handle and the coves. The mallet may be left unfinished, or finished either on or off the lathe.
- Mallets include a number of elements that make them a great spindle-turning exercise.
- Mount the blank on a lathe and use a spindle-roughing gouge to create a cylinder.
- Quarter-sawn grain hardwoods are more expensive, but their grains create a more durable mallet.
“The mallet can be finished on or off the lathe with any type of oil finish, or it can be left unfinished. My preference is a beeswax and oil finish.”
- frank howarth (YouTube Channel (just for video))