530 Small turned mallet or “My first turning project!”

August 28, 201415 Comments

I knew it was eventually going to happen, the temptation is far too great to avoid.

Don’t worry, I’m not talking about turning to the darkside and taking up knitting (although I wouldn’t mind making my own matching wool scarf and woobie set for winter, especially if it’s as cold as last year.)

Instead, I’m talking about another blackhole of woodworking that I’ve been very vocal about avoiding for years…WOODTURNING!

small turned mallet

Sure I’ve had the lathe for awhile now, and yes I’ve dabbled a little bit with it here and there. But I’ve never taken the plunge and unleashed the full power of the turning tools.

Recently I moved the lathe up and out of the basement workshop and into the garage where I could enjoy the warm summer evenings and not feel like I had to stop every five to ten minutes to vacuum up the accumulating chips and sawdust.

On today’s episode you get to witness the fruits of my dabbling. The result of what happens when a woodworker decides to make more than a dowel and attempts to learn what each woodturning tool does (preferably without hurting himself in the process.)

You’ll see plenty of mistakes in this video and probably laugh at my fumbling with the tools (especially when I attempt to identify which gouge I’m using) but hopefully more than anything else, you’ll enjoy seeing the first of what I imagine to be numerous woodturning projects to come.

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  1. Gerald Jensen says:

    And so it begins … I was in your shoes 4 years ago. I still do a **little** flat work, but turning has become my passion.

    That was a pretty good first turning … keep it up! The more you do, the more your tool technique will improve.

    If you haven’t found him yet, you might want to look up Eddie Castelin (http://www.eddiecastelin.net). Eddie is a woodturning guru who is a fine teacher and great resource. He has tons of YouTube videos and twice a week does live UStream shows where he works on projects, takes questions from viewers, etc.

  2. David Powell says:

    Better watch out. Soon you’ll be making pens!! Oh, the horror!!

  3. Chuck M says:

    You, my friend, are a mind reader! I just glued up a maple blank to turn a chisel mallet the other day. I like the general shape of the finished piece. Great video!

  4. Wayne M says:

    Oh no , now you will be one of those insufferable wood turners who make wonderful magic stuff. I have no lathe….tool envy

  5. John Fitz says:

    Nice job! I’ve also just started with some turning. I don’t think it will ever be my passion, but I do enjoy it. I started with pens and bottle stoppers, and I want to make some mallets and small bowls.

    As for the weight of the mallet…you can always bore a hole in the top and add some weight, and then seal it up with epoxy or a nice contrasting wood.

  6. Gary Reese says:

    Matt ,
    A friend of my brothers makes pens and sells them for ridiculous prices so don’t give up on the pens just yet. Love your mallet. You said it was a little light which will work well with chisels as you said. Great job.

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  8. Wayne says:

    Carefull Matt, wood turning is very addictive.


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