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Blog series by pastorglen updated 03-16-2012 02:27 AM 4 parts 18357 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: Mallet - 1, Glen - 0

03-03-2012 04:31 PM by pastorglen | 7 comments »

Dear “Saint” Roy, I hate you. Sincerely, Mallet Muttering in Pennsylvania ——— Actually, I don’t hate Roy. And I’m not that disappointed as to this first attempt. If you haven’t gotten the April 2012 issue of Popular Woodworkinghttp://www.popularwoodworking.com/apr12, you need to get it… now. They’ve got a great article by Roy Underhill on making the Mystery Mallet that you’ve been seeing around. ...

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Part 2: Mallet - 1, Glen - 1

03-10-2012 02:42 AM by pastorglen | 5 comments »

Dear Saint Roy, I like you a lot more this week. Lots. Sincerely, Mallet Boy in PA ———————If you haven’t gotten a copy of the April 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking, do it today. That’s where this insanity all got started. But I’m telling you, I never could have launched into this if it weren’t for that article. They do a great job. Check them out. The second attempt with the hardwood turned out to be much ...

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Part 3: Dressed and Ready for Work

03-12-2012 11:05 PM by pastorglen | 5 comments »

As promised, here’s the final outcome of Roy Underhill’s Mystery Mallet. As you can see, I shaped the handle a little differently than they showed in the magazine. I like the squared-off handle better. I also stained the head one color and then applied several coats of tung oil to the whole thing. Thanks, again, to venues like LJ, Roy Underhill, and the folks over at Popular Woodworking. My woodworking is better because of you all.

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Part 4: How Small Can You Go?

03-16-2012 02:27 AM by pastorglen | 3 comments »

So I had some extra time on my hands… and I wondered, just how small can you go with this rising dovetail mystery mallet? So I pulled out a piece of 3/4” oak that was sitting around, cut it in half, and started laying out the cuts for a very thin “mallet.” I used a blue pen, which is part of the dark line you see along the joints. (They actually are very tight—tighter than I expected.) I didn’t take a lot of time to in laying it out, and my entire tim...

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