Eternal mallet

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Blog entry by Oleg Smirnov posted 03-14-2011 12:03 AM 2629 reads 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

That the eternal mallet has turned out, it is necessary to spread many circles of a skin (leather) on the wooden handle and to clamp the screw. Such mallet will serve centuries for itself, children, grandsons and great-grandsons. Such mallet won’t break the handle of chisels. Very much I recommend, friends!

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 12:27 AM

Just to clarify what you said: the beater (mallet) head is several discs of leather?

If that is true, I’ve got to try to make one. Very interesting.

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 12:35 AM

yes, several discs of leather

It is desirable to use a thick leather, 5-7 millimeters. Don’t forget to glue disks among themselves. For disks also it is possible to use dense rubber, but natural leather it is more preferable, as doesn’t spring

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 12:38 AM

Here my variants of mallets. Rubber (left) and leather (right) mallets

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 12:51 AM

I can’t wrap my mind on the shape of the leather and how you are attaching/clamping it on the handle.
Do you have some assembly picures???
Sorry I am obtuse/dense :)

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 12:55 AM

All is very simple – disks from a leather are similar CD :)

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 02:03 AM

I take it the discs overlap each other, as the mallet becomes wider, more discs to fully encircle it. Easier to replace a piece of leather than a roughed up wooden mallet head. Very clever. The leather would also cause enough resistance so that it doesn’t just roll off the bench when laid on its side. I had to learn the hard way to keep my brass mallet on its head so it wouldn’t roll out of reach.

Thanks for sharing Oleg.


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#7 posted 03-14-2011 02:35 AM

Looking great.
Will have to try one day.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 03-14-2011 08:59 AM

For 2 years of work the leather on a mallet wasn’t tore at all! The mallet is similar to a boxing punching bag

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#9 posted 03-14-2011 12:20 PM

I’ve seen these with rawhide heads but this is the first leather one I’ve seen.

Make sure to keep it away from water as they would take ages to dry out.

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#10 posted 03-14-2011 02:42 PM

Is that a cool idea or what? Loooks like I’ll be making a new mallet, or at least another one. What would be the best way to cut the leather or the rubber. The only downside I can see to the rubber is that it could leave black marks on the material but perhaps that depends on the kind of rubber. Thanks Oleg.

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#11 posted 03-14-2011 05:35 PM

This is a great idea Oleg. I can clearly see the advantages of using leather. If I can get hold of some thick enough leather, I will try it out. Thanks for the tip.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 03-14-2011 09:27 PM

I am very glad that my experience is useful to you, friends!

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#13 posted 03-14-2011 10:15 PM

Very good idea

Thanks for sharing

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#14 posted 04-06-2011 03:31 PM

very nice I like the old look to the leather.

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#15 posted 04-06-2011 04:33 PM

Do you turn these on the lathe after you put it together, or do you size the discs before you put them on?

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