Laminated Oak Joiners Mallet

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Project by Mikhail posted 01-12-2015 04:36 AM 1456 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Put together this mallet based on some Oak I had set aside for a different project. Unfortunately it checked severely, so it became available to shop needs.

The material was only 2” so I knew I was going to have to laminate to get something with some weight. Laminating also let me create the 2 degree mortice for the handle.

I purposely used a piece with a big knot, leaving nicer material for other things. A small bit of pounding on a steel heeled chisel confirms the heft is good, and the angle does allow me an easier swing. Interesting.

I have not treated the wood yet. Not sure what I would want. The birch handle will darken for the oils from my hands but perhaps the oak head should get something to prevent it drying out too quick.

Its sitting at around 6% right now.

Any thoughts, folks?

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Tim Royal

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#1 posted 01-12-2015 05:12 PM

Maybe some BLO and wax to bring out that nice figure? Looks great.

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#2 posted 01-12-2015 10:57 PM

Nice mallet. I just made up two laminated mallets along this same line a week or two ago. One with a maple head & ash handle. The other one is all ash. They are still sitting in my shop wait for a finish as well. Used one on some mortises just this weekend. They are quite handy. I’m sure you will enjoy yours.

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