Joiner's Mallet

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Project by JLYoung posted 09-30-2008 05:43 PM 5236 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this joiner’s mallet which is loosely based on an article in shopnotes magazine. I tend to prefer the look of a traditional cabinetmaker’s mallet so I made a hybrid of the two designs. The head is laminated from Bird’s eye Maple and Jatoba. The handle is ash and the wedges are walnut. I didn’t add the lead into the head because I felt the added size of the head made up for the weight. I finished the mallet with BLO and will likely “finish the finish” with some paste wax. I added leather to the face of the mallet to reduce the risk of denting my furniture pieces and to deaden the blow to my chisels. The leather is adhered to the face using contact cement.

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#1 posted 09-30-2008 06:16 PM

What a great-looking tool! I’m sure that will be a pleasure to use for years to come. Thanks for sharing!

-- Robb

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#2 posted 09-30-2008 08:19 PM

Great job. I like the design and the look of your mallet. Enjoy using it.

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#3 posted 09-30-2008 08:36 PM

Great job!!!! I’m building a couple mallets and need leather for the faces where did you get the leather for yours?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 09-30-2008 10:29 PM

I really like this J L Young. I have a hunk of lignum vitae just begging to be made into a nice woodworkers mallet/carvers mallet with the aid of some other complimentary woods perhaps just for the handle .But your workmanship is very nice on this well done regardsAlistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 09-30-2008 11:09 PM

Beautiful mallet! I’m sure it’ll be a pleasure to use. I love the birdseye maple.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 10-01-2008 01:27 AM

Very nice mallet. Did you use two pieces of jabota to make the mortise?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#7 posted 10-01-2008 03:40 AM

That’s a show piece, not a work piece! Beautiful tool.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#8 posted 10-01-2008 01:22 PM

Yeah, I cut a single piece of jatoba into two using the CMS to put a angle ingle for the wedges and to make sure the grain flows from one piece to the other.

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#9 posted 10-01-2008 01:24 PM

A friend called me one days and said he found some bird’s eye maple in his shed and asked if I wanted it. I turned out to be just two small boards but who can resist free wood, especially bird.

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#10 posted 10-13-2008 11:36 PM



-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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