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Project by doubleDD posted 01-08-2015 06:43 PM 4177 views 21 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It being a extremely cold week, I figured this was a good time to stay in and build my big mallet. This all started after receiving a little tapper mallet from our LJ buddy keifer (Klaus). It is an amazing piece and it gets used every day.
Not wanting to use a hammer any more and didn’t want to ruin the tapper for heavier needs, I decided to build a heavy one and never have to go back to that steel hammer, unless a nail is involved. lol. This is what I came up with. Of course Kiefer inspired.
Weighing in at 1 3/4 lbs. and almost 14’’ long it will withstand some heavy punishment. Made with Brazilian Rosewood, Pear, Red Cumaru, Mahogany, Hickory, and Padauk scraps. Finished with blo, mineral spirits and bees wax. I knocked off a 5’’ cut piece of 2×4 glued onto another piece with one whack. Exactly what I was looking for. Also, the leather I added to the head has a soft side on one side and a slick side on the other. I figured the slick side would be good for hitting any type of glue up so the glue could be easily removed.Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 01-08-2015 06:46 PM

Having trouble with pics. Here are a couple more.

Still not working correctly. Will get a couple more pics when I can figure this out.

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

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 07:08 PM

That looks great. Love the design that you and Klaus came up with. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 07:12 PM

That is one awesomely designed mallet Dave. It looks too good to use, maybe you should enter it into an art exhibit :-)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 01-08-2015 08:13 PM

That’s what i was thinking.. too pretty to use.

-- father son woodworks

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#5 posted 01-08-2015 08:17 PM

Thanks hoss, just fooling around in the shop on these cooler days.

Hi Lee thanks. If I enter it do I get your vote and win a cash prize?

Thanks haskins. Yes it may be pretty but don’t judge a book by its cover.Haha

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

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#6 posted 01-08-2015 09:47 PM

Beautiful as a tool as well as an object !!!

I was going to say, “I hope you’re not going to hit anything with that”, but it looks like that line’s been taken.

Maybe for clubbing a less-than-close friend? :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#7 posted 01-08-2015 10:12 PM

Never thought I’d associate the word “beautiful” with a mallet ….but I am….This is beautiful ! Well done Dave !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 01-08-2015 10:22 PM

WOW Dave
You went all out on this one and it looks beautiful .
Did you laminate the outside pieces of the handle or did you just use a single piece for each side ?
A few more picture would be nice too !!!
You will like that mallet and likely build the big one that would make the set complete .
What coin did you use for the inlay and you better make a list of all the woods you used .
For adding pictures just edit the post and add them in the text portion .

Stay warm and well .


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 01-08-2015 10:27 PM

Great looking mallet! Thor would be jealous :)

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#10 posted 01-08-2015 10:28 PM

NICE!!!!! Been said already but is worthy of repeating…That’s a work of art buddy. well done Dave.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 01-08-2015 10:32 PM

VERY nice work. It will make you a great tool for the shop and a working showpiece too. Beautiful.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#12 posted 01-08-2015 10:36 PM

Nice one Dave.
I dont remember just who started the “split handle” design, but I like all the variations folks are coming up with.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#13 posted 01-08-2015 11:20 PM

That is AWESOME Dave, great job and I love the finished piece (Mallett) it is a work of art.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#14 posted 01-09-2015 12:26 AM

Hi John, thanks. Yes it’s been tested already. Yes it has occurred to me it could to some damage. And yes my dearest wife will not be allowed to use it on me.

Hi klaus. I started out with your design and decided to beef it up a tad to help support the weight. It may have been fine but I just wasn’t feeling it. I only used one piece for each side but cut the top to insert the shims similar to yours.
This is the big one. I couldn’t imagine anything bigger for woodworking, but maybe I’m wrong. I used 2 quarters that have Denali National Park on them. When we were on vacation I received these two back in change and it rang a bell. At that moment I knew these coins will have a home in the mallet.

Hi Tim, that would be a big pair of shoes to fill.

Hey Buster, thanks. My be the art museum will put it on display for me. Right. HA HA

Thanks Joe. I honestly have to say that I used kiefer’s basic design on this and then added a little personnel touch. He may be the originator of the split handle, can’t say for sure.

Thanks Bob. It was a lot of fun to build and the cold weather had my mind thinking.

Hi Jay, thanks for the warm reply.

Thanks kdc68. That is a nice comment and makes me feel proud.

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

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#15 posted 01-09-2015 12:52 AM

Well this is a great looking mallet! I like the split-handle design, the contrasting woods, and the quarters inlaid!

-- Dean

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