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If I had a mallet, I'd hammer in the morning ...
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I see you guys making all these cool mallets and figured I’d give it a try. So I look in my scrap box to see what I’ve got.
Hmmmm, here’s some maple for the handle, a bit of oak to use somewhere for color contrast and a piece of “I-have-no-idea-what-this-is”, but it’s got some cool grain and is big enough to make the head. Ok the, lets get started. First the handle.
I really like how some of you have made a “split handle” and think I’ll try something along those lines. So I glue up a few pieces of the maple, separated by a stick of oak…
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Rather than hollow out the head and use BBs or lead shot, I’m just gonna make some sort of solid head. I used 2 pieces of the ” I-have-no-idea-what-this-is” for the sides of the head and another piece of maple which I notched to accept the 2 handles in the middle. The notched piece and the handles are actually the same thickness. It just doesn’t appear that way in the pic.
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I laid my claw-hammer beside it and realized I was probably gonna want a longer handle. So I added a couple small blocks to the end for length..
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Time to laminate the head together. I’d have used more clamps, but there just wasn’t any room to put any more on there. :-)
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I knew the handle would be way too wide, so I penciled in a shape, and cut it on the band saw.
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And after a few minutes of sanding and shaping, it fits my hand fairly well.
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After 3 coats of Tung oil here’s what it looks like. Anybody know what that wood is I used for the sides of the head? I’ve had it for several years and have no idea where it came from.
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And as usual, comments and critiques are welcomed.
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SevenPin

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#1 posted 12-16-2014 10:51 PM

Very Cool! But it looks more like a War Hammer than a Mallet.

SevenPin

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#2 posted 12-16-2014 11:30 PM

Has a bit of an art deco vibe, good one Joe.

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#3 posted 12-16-2014 11:37 PM

I think I see a RAS table, have you meentioned a RAS and I missed it?

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#4 posted 12-17-2014 12:03 AM

Thanks SP and Rick.

Yes Eddie T, here’s my RAS.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/65410

And if you scroll down the post you can see pic s of the cabinet it’s mounted on.

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 01:53 AM

Looks nice and brawny. Should be very effective. I like the satin look of the head stock. Cool one Joe.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 12-17-2014 02:22 AM


Yes Eddie T, here s my RAS.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/65410

And if you scroll down the post you can see pic s of the cabinet it s mounted on.

- JoeinGa


Thanks much, I have been looking for a simple dust collection approach and like yours.

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#7 posted 12-17-2014 01:57 PM

Wow Joe! There’s way more to this than I first imagined!
Very nice!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#8 posted 12-17-2014 01:59 PM

Looks too nice to use, love the grain.

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#9 posted 12-17-2014 02:07 PM

Thanks guys! I gave it a pretty good smack on my bench and it seems quite sturdy. I dont have any leather but I found a piece of rubber sheet that’s about 1/8” think which I might put on one face as a “non-mar” surface.

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#10 posted 12-17-2014 05:50 PM

If Thor was a woodworker, that’s what his mallet would look like.

Fish

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#11 posted 12-18-2014 03:14 AM

Interestig mallet design .
What is the size and weight ?

Klaus

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#12 posted 12-18-2014 08:34 PM

Thanks Klaus. It’s 15.5” long overall, and the head measures 4.5” X 3” X 2.5” thick across the face. And it weighs 1.7 lbs

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#13 posted 02-11-2015 07:37 PM

Crazy beautiful design and workmanship!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#14 posted 02-11-2015 09:26 PM

Thanks Jerry

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#15 posted 04-23-2015 06:09 PM

Very nice Joe!

-- Mark, North Carolina

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