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Project by Slyy posted 45 days ago 389 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my submission for the 2014 LJ Mallet Swap.

My first project other than tool restorations so I was pretty intimidated by the level of craftsmanship presented by my fellow LJ’s and previous swaps. I’d had several scrap size pieces of maple from reclaimed lumber my dad had given me some years ago. The lumber itself was part of the original flooring and walls of Old Central on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

The old wood added a bit of personal history for my first project and some good character to the finished product with some exposed cracks, rough spots and screw/nail holes.

The building was erected in 1894 and the lumber itself came out during a period of renovation in the late 70’s and been hanging out in my parents garage ever since. I drew inspiration for the design by looking at past swaps. It’s a sandwhiched mortise and wedged tenon. Hogged out the mortise/dado with tenon saw and chisels.

I also used a bit and brace and hollowed out two matching port uses on each half and epoxied some 8 1/2 birdshot in to add some weight to the mallet.

I also added some Honduran mahogany to the outside face of the mallet to add so contrasting color.

Cut a slight angle on the face of each side (could have made this a bit more square but oh well). Then glued some thickish leather to each face to help with impacts.

The finished product is now helping LJ TerryD chop some mortises for his bench in the last picture! Cold ha little happier with the final product, but it turned out all right!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson





10 comments so far

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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 45 days ago

Nice Mallet !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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ToddJB

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#2 posted 45 days ago

For a first project it’s a strong starting position, Jake. Good job. Onward and upward.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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Mean_Dean

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#3 posted 45 days ago

Great looking mallet—and thanks for sharing a bit of its lineage!

-- Dean

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Slyy

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#4 posted 45 days ago

Thanks ‘er-body. As long as it keeps chopping mortises I’d say it’s working just fine!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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GMatheson

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#5 posted 45 days ago

Looks good Jake. Can’t wait to see your second project.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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BigRedKnothead

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#6 posted 44 days ago

Not bad for an Okie. Lawl.

Nice mallet and a fine first project brother.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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TerryDowning

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#7 posted 44 days ago

The mallet performs beautifully.

Very impressed with your first effort Jake.

-- - Terry

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Slyy

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#8 posted 44 days ago

It’s tots-cray Rojo, dolphinitely for sharks.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Hammerthumb

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#9 posted 44 days ago

Really nice mallet Slyy.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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489tad

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#10 posted 43 days ago

Slyy I like the story of the wood. You built a great mallet.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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