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In this posting I will describe how my students shaped the mallet's head.

If you recall my last blog post, I described how we clamped the head's parts around the tapered handle. I designed the cut-list so that the head blank will intentionally be crafted larger before it gets trimmed and refined to its final shape. The reason is twofold. 

1. Making the middle chicks longer helps us in clamping them flush with the handle.

2. Parts will never align perfectly when gluing. 

Thus, cutting the parts bigger, gluing them together, and later shaping them to final form will ensure that our mallet head will look polished. 

Here is one of the mallet blanks prior to final shaping. 

The intended shape of the mallet head calls for a vaulted top and slanted sides. 

We start implementing the design by establishing a reference surface at the bottom of the mallet.


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