Dogwood Tree Wood Mallet, Lathe Turning Project

Dogwood Tree Wood Mallet, Lathe Turning Project

Just a fun little shop project using Rockler’s Excelsior Mini Lathe. I was surprised at how heavy and dense this Dogwood is, so I decided to make a mallet.

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Woodworking Products:
Bosch 10-Inch Dual Bevel Axial-Glide Compact Miter Saw:
24″ Sure-Foot Aluminum Bar Clamp:
48″ Sure-Foot Aluminum Bar Clamp:
Powermatic 10-inch 3 Horsepower Tablesaw:
Hitachi 10 inch Sliding Compound Dual Lever Miter:
Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2 Combo Kit:
Milwaukee M18 FUEL 18-Volt 7 1/4 in. Circular Saw:
DEWALT DW2567#6 Countersink 9/64-Inch Drill Bit:
Jet Drum Sander:
BOSTITCH 1-Tool and Compressor Combo Kit:
Flexzilla Air Hose, 3/8 in. x 50 ft:
3m(TM) Half Facepiece Respirator (Dust mask):
Titebond II Premium Wood Glue:
3M Paint Project Respirator:
Milwaukee 18-volt Compound Miter Saw:

Home/ Garden Products:
Zero-G 50ft Hose:
Greenworks Hedge trimmer:
Greenworks 40-volt chain saw:
Greenworks 80-volt blower:

Video Production Products:
Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop:
Cannon M50:
Cannon EOS 80D Digital SLR:
Rode Compact Shotgun Microphone:

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Raul Flores says:

Talar arbole es malo pendejo

Kanwal Sheraz says:

Maa Sherawali

Ladislav Šarina says:

Im teo and im technik

Саркис Микилянджело says:

О чем он говорит ??

Dr Zinc says:

Why did you cut such a beautiful tree down…

Airborne Mike says:

I just finished rough turning a piece of dogwood for a mallet and searched for turning dogwood…camera looks great

Todd Holaday says:

Voice of experience here. Cutting irregular round material like this on a chopsaw can cause kickback and damage to the hand holding the wood. You need to make sure you really have a flush edge against the fence. Major damage in my case to a finger.

Andrew Brown says:

Jon, I really liked this video~! Now I know what to do with the dogwood in my yard that's in the same condition. It's about the same diameter as the one you had and I may be able to get about 6-8 blanks of various sizes from it…a mallet (or 2) and some other turnings. Now I'm eye-balling a holly bush/tree that my wife has asked me to remove. Thanks for the inspiration~!

David Lescene says:

Made one out of apple tree wood right after seing your instagram post !

alison dickinson says:

If you are not in a hurry, another way to keep the mallet from checking is to put it in a plastic bag. In a few days take it out and turn the bag inside out. Put the mallet back in and repeat for a couple of weeks. It will take a bit to really dry, but it is low tech and easy.

uKNOWuLIKE that says:

well you made that look super easy, I've never used a lathe, I'd be dodgy about sticking a chisel into a spinning missile.

Frits van Doorn says:

Fun to watch too !

Matthew Kelly says:

Awesome man.

Rick High says:

Hi Jon
From what I understand you can put it in a plastic trash bag and leave it for a while. This supposedly slows the drying process and makes it less likely to check.

Sterling Davis says:

Great little mallet, love turning those

Cicero Monteiro says:

Nice video, thanks for sharing John 🙂

Lyle W says:

(other people already covered some sort of finish to slow down the drying, so) that was a cool demo of that little lathe. i've wanted a lathe ever since 8th grade (a long time ago), and thought i'd need a big one to do anything meaningful, but that turned out great.

paul whitting says:

Hi Jon, seal the end grain with wax. This will let the timber dry more naturally & avoid major shrinkage. Excellent presentation as always. 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

John Sholian says:

Hmmm. I’ve got a pink dogwood that suffered some ice damage and one limb needs to be removed. Too bad I don’t have a lathe but it might be a good excuse to get one…
Nice video Jon. Short and sweet and the new camera looks good tome!

Fernando Kugi says:

Nice Mallet!

I Enjoy Creating Videos says:

Great looking mallet Jon! Thanks for sharing the video.😎👍JP

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