Tools should be beautiful and functional Thanks Ron Hendrickson!

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Project by xraydav posted 09-17-2014 10:34 AM 1813 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First I want to say, YOU GUYS ALWAYS INSPIRE ME! This is an amazing community where sharing of ideas is SOP. Have been making my own mallets for years. I see them as functional and the beauty in them for me was always in that functionality. Then I saw Ron Hendrickson’s “Mallet from Scrap” last week and I was blown away by the beauty of that tool. Then I was in lust… I wanted a nice looking mallet! I was down in my workshop a hour later and looked at my wall and thought… my tools are not attractive. This made me question my creativity. This led me to find some of the scrap cherry I had left over from my rocker and I had just cut down some Black Locust and it is very dense and heavy wood… so I went to work and used oak dowel and it may not be as beautiful as Rons or lots of the other mallets on LJ but it is the best dam looking mallet on my tool wall now!
Thanks Ron…

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 11:27 AM

The cherry, black locust, and oak look great together. Looks like a project that will be passed down to future generations of woodworkers. Great looking mallet!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 11:31 AM

Very nice mallet. You have now started to go down the dark path of woodworking. Soon it will be chisel handles, moving to make your own bow saws, tool boxes, then work benches. You can never turn back – enjoy the ride.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 12:16 PM

Love it!!!

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 03:38 PM

Very nice job :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 07:24 PM

Dont sell yourself short, Dave. That’s a fine looking mallet!

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#6 posted 09-17-2014 11:31 PM

I have to say I love my shop made mallet. It is not perfect but like your mallet, it is the nicest looking thing in my shop!

Nice work!

-- I do this for fun.

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#7 posted 09-18-2014 12:04 AM

Nice looking mallet—and now that you’ve made it, bang some furniture together with it!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 09-18-2014 03:02 AM

That is a piece of work..WOw. The more I look through the projects posted here, I am encouraged to up my game and learn as much as I can. Keep it up!.

-- I am a novice, wanting more than a hobby, but to be a carpenter.

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#9 posted 09-18-2014 03:34 AM

Thats a fine looking mallet. Too nice to use. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 09-18-2014 02:13 PM

Like you I’ve always thought of tools as functional, a way to do the work. Now that I see this I’m going to step up my idea of tools and make one. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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Ron Henricksen

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#11 posted 09-22-2014 03:04 AM

I recently moved a portion of my shop indoors (one child moved out) making more room. Can’t have those nasty tools from the shed in the house so it was time to up the game. David your Mallet is wonderful, and as dbray45 has so wonderfully pointed out what’s next. I have already started collecting plans for a workbench. It never ends, isn’t that wonderful….

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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