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Re: Black locust mallet?
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John K Jordan
I like black locust for turning, it's hard and heavy but a little bland (not important for a mallet of course!)

If hardness is important, here are the Janka hardness numbers of some local woods, from the Wood Database.

Osage Orange 2620,
Persimmon 2300,
Dogwood 2150,
Black Locust 1700,

I used Dogwood for my current mallet since I had some and love turning it.

I don't understand the other numbers in the Wood Database that look like they are related to toughness, but from comparing the four I suspect black locust may about be the toughest of these.

I probably have a mallet sized piece of wood in osage or persimmon so send me an email if you want to try making a mallet from one of those as well. I'll probably be driving near your area the middle of August.

JKJ

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