|Project by Luke||posted 02-13-2015 05:35 AM||1042 views||2 times favorited||2 comments|
After watching Roy Underhill mortise out a mallet in 20 min on his “Big Ash Mallet” I decided to give it a try. I had some scrap 8/4 walnut and a cutoff of some Birdseye maple just perfect for a handle.
I cut the mallet to what seemed like a good size and mortised out the wedge shape mortise using a rusty bit brace I got at an antique shop for $5. (On my list of hand tools to restore.). Then chopped out the waste using a chsel and a plastic mallet. It was here I realy could have used this mallet to make the mallet.
I chamfered the edges and used a piece of leather I had. I stretched the otherwise too short price of leather by greasing it with water and oil. A trick I saw on myth busters. It made that small strip almost twice the length.
The mallet was finished with a few coats of BLO. It weighs in at 15.5 oz. feels great in the hand.