|Project by Waldschrat||posted 01-11-2009 01:36 AM||1617 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
Here are what I like to call the perfect mallet set…. well for me they are made custom by me for me!
Locust, Maple and Hornbeam, oh my!
Wood mallets are great every shop needs them, but are a bit expensive for my tastes when you can make them yourself. Plus your chisels love them too, because they dont destroy the handles
The square one we call in Germany the Cabinetmakers Mallet and the Left one is acutally called a Woodcarvers Mallet. I must admit that I perfer the round ones. But the square ones are good too. Generally here they are made out of beech, sometimes ash or elm… The higher quality ones are made sometimes out of tropical hard woods, but I am not into tropical woods for a number of different reasons, not to mention there are enough very heavy and very hard local woods (what ever local means, perhaps more acurate to say temperate woods).
The Square one on the left is made of Ami. Sugar Maple… (perhaps you recognize the wood from my Iron Fist Plane) It is Very Hard and Very Heavy, especially the heart wood or more accuratly the wood in the middle of very large trees as this one was.
The Round one is made of Hornbeam, a Very Hard and Very Tough, heavy wood. When you strike it it almost sounds like a piece of ceramic tile. It is white in color and pretty much stays that way as long as it is not varnished.
The handles are made of Locust which is smokes with amonia to react with tannic acid in the wood giving it the rich coffee color, it is a very hard heavy wood as well and has great bending and break resistance similiar to ash but looks cooler in my opinion.
-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine