LumberJocks

A mallet from the firewood pile

  • Advertise with us
Project by gepatino posted 07-27-2014 06:54 PM 489 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

One good thing about home working is that if you find yourself stuck at something, or with some free time, you can use for whatever you want.

This tuesday I had a free afternoon, and inspired by Izzy Swan’s son (http://youtu.be/yeE675LYlHU) took a couple of pieces of firewood from the pile and made myself a mallet in two or three hours.

I think the wood is poplar I’ve cut some weeks ago from a small tree some kids chopped this summer in our backyard. It was destined to be a part of the family asado this weekend, but it’s now a (hopefully) usefull tool.

I cleaned the bark with a pocket knife, make the mortise and tenon with chisels, and lock the tennon with a dowel.

Then some sanding to 150 grit, and one coat of tung oil.

I have to be more carefull in what I think you call the ‘make or break’ moment: when drilling the hole for the dowel I didn’t want to go all the way to avoid chipping in the other side, but I hammered the dowel too hard and split the other side anyways… the result in pic number 5. I must think twice before acting..

It’s a nice mallet anyway, and price tag is an absolute 0 since I used nothing but firewood, tools I already had, and a piece of cord I found around.

It’s not that heavy, but I think it would be enough to hammer some chisels or some tennons/dowels.

Well… that if I can take the mallet from Felipe, who should be thinking I made him a Thor’s hammer…

-- http://about.me/gepatino





1 comment so far

View emetric's profile

emetric

134 posts in 1857 days


#1 posted 08-04-2014 08:52 PM

That is a nice mallet, something that I have yet to make for myself. I also love project made with “whatcha got”.

-- "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it." Master Oogway

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase