Starting All Over Again - Setting Up Shop #2: Oak Mallet

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Blog entry by LumberGuy posted 04-14-2011 12:11 PM 2002 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Making Tools - Wood Wedges Part 2 of Starting All Over Again - Setting Up Shop series Part 3: Lumber From a Dead Tree »

We had cut an oak when we were clearing for our garden, it was a good size for a mallet. First, A length of the trunk was cut with the bow saw, then another partial cut was made where the top of the handle would end.

The hatchet was used to start a split in the end of the oak section. The safest way to do this is to use the hatchet as a wedge, and strike the back of it with a piece of wood. You only need a crack that the edge of the dogwood wedge will fit in.

The dogwood wedges work well to split off the waste from around the handle. A froe would probably be better, I plan to make one soon.

After the biggest part of the waste was split off, the hatchet was again used trim more wood, and then the handle was shaped with a pocket knife.

The result is a useful mallet that will be used on larger projects.

-- Reid, Georgia,

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 01:38 PM

That’s a nice mallet and you presented it well. Good job.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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