Live Edge Wormy Black Mulberry Joinery Mallet (phew!)

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Project by palaswood posted 03-29-2015 09:04 AM 1543 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I chopped and chiseled this Live Edge Wormy Black Mullberry Joinery Mallet into existence last month. This is some Dense ass mulberry! Black Mulberry (morus Nigra) is my favorite wood and the first wood I ever worked.

This is a Paul Sellers style mallet.

Works like a charm and due to the tapered mortise, knocks down for easy storage.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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Tim Royal

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#1 posted 03-29-2015 12:53 PM

Very nice! The character in this mallet should make you smile every time you lift it!

-- -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 03-29-2015 01:21 PM

A very nice attitude adjuster. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 03-29-2015 03:22 PM

Just beautiful!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 12:51 AM

I too love mulberry but not familiar with “black mulberry”. I know mulberry is in the same family as Osage Orange (Hedge/Bois de Arc/etc) and your mallet really shows the family resemblence.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-30-2015 03:29 AM

Great looking mallet. I love the handle insertion method!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 06-04-2015 03:36 PM

I’m looking to build my first mallet, and thought by the thumbnail this was osage orange. For making a mallet is it not an issue to have the pith included (especially on the striking faces)?

I’m having trouble finding a hunk of dense wood big enough to make the head, but if a log would do I guess that opens up my options.


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#7 posted 06-04-2015 03:57 PM

BNTN, Mulberry and Osage are super similar woods. This was a 3 yrs dried branch log of super old Black Mulberry. The pith has no cracking or is even softer so I went with it. Obviously dont use wet wood, or if you can see theres any lack of structural integrity around it, choose something else. But its better to just GO FOR IT. Use Paul Sellers method for an easy build, its on you tube. It doesnt take that long. You need to just get to it. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? oh, sharpening your chisels… Good man

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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