Venkman: “Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head, remember that?”
Egon: “That would’ve worked if you didn’t stop me!” -from Ghostbusters
A few posts back, I wrote about an old well-used mallet that I had purchased at a yard sale. This reminded me of the other mallet that graces the handsawgeek workshop with its presence.
This wonderful work of art dates back to the early 1990’s and represents my first neophyte attempt at producing a shop-made tool. Since I knew next to nothing about hand tool woodworking at the time, this mallet is downright primitive.
I still scratch my head over why I bothered to build it in the first place…at the time I was a power tool guy who didn’t even own a chisel or a carving tool. Neither was it fashioned to allow me to assemble any fancy joinery… It was ‘butt-joint, glue & screw’ all the way.
Perhaps it was merely a hint of things that were yet to come to pass.
The business end of the mallet is made from some un-identified large chunk of wood I had hanging around at the time, I believe it might be Doug fir. Whatever the wood, it is too light for a proper mallet.
The hole in the head (of the mallet, of course) was made using an electric drill and a spade bit.
The handle is a piece of oak dowel with a couple of decorative embellishments on the end. At least I had enough sense to kerf and wedge it into the head piece.
As a nice added feature, the striking faces are decorated with numerous dents and divots.
These were put there by my young daughters, who discovered that the tool made a splendid hammer for pounding nails.
At the time, I was irritated by this, but now these defects only make me smile when I remember the quality time spent in the garage with the kiddoes!
Despite its glaring shortcomings in design and construction, this is still my go-to mallet, and has been a part of the construction of many a handsawgeek project.