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Project by Hutch posted 1977 days ago 1898 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at a mallet. This was pretty fun. I started with two pieces of 3/4 walnut 4X6 and laminated them. Then I made the maple handle and cut the shoulders of the handle and cut a taper in tenon which is the top of the maple handle. I transferred the shape to the two halves of the walnut and did half mortises on each piece. Then I cut the tenon to receive the walnut wedge. I glued the two halves together and with the clamps in place, I drove the wedge in. Two coats of a wiping varnish and now I’m ready to retire the rubber mallet I’ve been using with the chisels when I try to dovetail.

-- Hutch ...Montana ___ Life is a mystery to live, not a problem to solve! ___

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#1 posted 1977 days ago

Nice, I like the shape of the handle it looks like it will be easy to control.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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Francisco Luna

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#2 posted 1977 days ago

wow! that’s a beautiful mallet, the shape/design is gorgeous. Are you posting pictures about the process?

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#3 posted 1977 days ago

Thanks. Doubthead, I didn’t take pics of the process. Basically the handle looked like a tail and I just marked the tail onto the two halves and used my Bosch Colt to rout out most of the half mortise and then used a chisel to pare away the rest.

-- Hutch ...Montana ___ Life is a mystery to live, not a problem to solve! ___

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#4 posted 1977 days ago

Wow, thats really nice. Its a very beautiful tool.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 1977 days ago

That is a cool project.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#6 posted 1977 days ago

Very cool. I kinda have a thing for mallets. Much more beautiful than anything I’ve made.

-- - You begin thinking less, and feeling more.

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#7 posted 1977 days ago

Thanks everyone. I just hope that there are plenty of chisel blows in it.

-- Hutch ...Montana ___ Life is a mystery to live, not a problem to solve! ___

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#8 posted 1977 days ago

Nice looking mallet.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 1976 days ago

Now thats a mallet!!! Great job!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 1890 days ago

Wow very nice

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 1890 days ago

looks really nice, I like the smaller head (compared to other oversized mallets).

this is on my list, and will be one of my next projects – I need to retire my rubber mallet as well… it’s time.
thanks for the post .

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 1890 days ago

Looks wonderful smooth lines and good build

-- Custom furniture

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