The turning bug has bitten.
I need a lot of handles for chisels and such.
Having seen and admired the work of others on the Porch
list, and now that I've got my lathe behaving somewhat,
I've been mixing shavings and sawdust with swarf and
Here are the pics:
This cus-ornary swirly grained piece of Jarrah
is going to become a handle for my mallet.
I'm really surprised at how well the rough grain
has sanded off.
Here she is, my very first home grown mallet.
The head, a lump of PVC - U (plastic),
is held on tight by a timber wedge. The PVC-U has a
surprisingly good weight to it giving the mallet a nice balance
without requiring additional ballast.
Both handle and head presented their own unique
problems in turning,
especially for a novice like myself. Tearout of handle's grain meant
a lot of sanding, and the block of PVC - U didn't much like
sharp chisels carelessly poked at it.