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Hand tool tips and tricks #15: Dead Blow Mallet, to Mar or Not to Mar?

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 384 days ago 1004 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t know ab dead blow mallet both in and out of the shop. I just find all kinds of rough tasks for it on the farm (and sometimes in the shop). The problem is that I also use the thing for disassembling joints the those rough tasks that chew up the mallet face can translate to dented work.

The solution is simple, mark one face for Rough work and one for Fine. How you mark your mallet is up to you, but I liked this.

Problem Solved.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan



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Brandon

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#1 posted 384 days ago

Nice tip, Ryan. Does the other side have a happy face?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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RGtools

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#2 posted 384 days ago

No, I was worried that the marker would mark my work so I left that blank….not that I was not tempted.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Don W

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#3 posted 384 days ago

so the frown is for rough work? Good advice. Mark everything, but then you need to pay attention to the marks :-)

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 384 days ago

it looks sad…

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work. http://www.FineArtBoxes.com

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#5 posted 384 days ago

:-)

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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RGtools

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#6 posted 384 days ago

You’d be sad to if you had the daylights beat out of you.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Roger

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#7 posted 384 days ago

lol….....nice idea.

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AnthonyReed

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#8 posted 379 days ago

Going around with that depressed look on its face would only illicit more beatings, i imagine.

Thanks for the tip Ryan.

-- ~Tony

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 379 days ago

should have gone with something like this:

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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AnthonyReed

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#10 posted 379 days ago

^Yup.

And maybe a flame job on the sides emanating from the rough-work end.

-- ~Tony

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RGtools

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#11 posted 379 days ago

LOL. I will keep that in mind for my next mallet.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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