My Attempt At Kiefer Mallets

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Project by gfadvm posted 10-04-2014 09:38 PM 2927 views 2 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw Kiefer’s blog on doing these so had to try. He said it takes about 2 hours to make one and I have about six hours in these (I’m not nearly as talented obviously). Not a lot to describe: woods are Jatoba/hard Maple and Hedge (Osage Orange)/hard Maple. Finished with BLO.

I couldn’t find anything I wanted to inlay (like the Canadian pennies he used) and haven’t decided whether to cover the faces with leather or not. I can add either after I have used them.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 10-04-2014 09:51 PM

Very cool design. I didn’t see the original. I really like the look.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-04-2014 10:05 PM

They look pretty darn nice to me, Andy! Good wood choices for whackers too!

Monte—Kiefers blog/tutorial on mallet-making is here.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 10-04-2014 10:24 PM

Nice I really want to make these as well. Great work,

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 10-04-2014 10:40 PM

interesting design. I like the look!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 10-04-2014 10:40 PM

Andy, as usual, way cool

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#6 posted 10-04-2014 10:46 PM

They look like the scepters one would hold on a throne in the woodworking kingdom.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#7 posted 10-04-2014 10:48 PM

So impressed that I just have to try my hand at that.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#8 posted 10-04-2014 10:49 PM

Nicely done, Andy! I like your wood combo choices. These are on my List as well. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 10-04-2014 11:15 PM

I like your interpretation of my design and call it the ANDY TAPPER .
Great job !
Now onto the next batch for some friends !


-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 10-04-2014 11:18 PM

Great looking “Whackers”....
Are you hunting moles???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 10-04-2014 11:22 PM

Those are some great mallets, Andy. I will say, I have never seen mallets that have two stems. Very cool.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#12 posted 10-04-2014 11:31 PM


You met the CHALLENGE. An “Andy Tapper.” Have you tried them out?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 10-04-2014 11:35 PM

Here is the original Kiefer LITTLE TAPPER for those that have not seen it .

They are great little shop buddys and great gifts to friends .


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 10-04-2014 11:48 PM

Keifer, It just dawned on me that you have a spacer between the handle sides! No wonder I had so much trouble glueing this up!

I am an idiot!!!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 10-04-2014 11:54 PM

I am glad you came up with this design as it is your own and will work just as well and be a daily companion .
Just make some more it will get faster and make your friends happy as they won’t know how they lived without one .


-- Kiefer

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