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Project by Combo Prof posted 04-28-2015 08:03 PM 1615 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed a mallet I started last September.

Ipe for the head and Hop hornbeam for the handle.

Progress was interrupted when I ran a chisel through my left pinky and dashed to the emergency room. Put it aside until last week.

I resolved to fix the problem as follows:

  1. make a proper workbench. One that dose not rack 3 inches each way, when planing and chopping.
  2. Get better chisels.

Turns out on my old craftsman work bench half the bold had gone AWOL and the rest were loose. I replaced and tightened the bolts, and now its not that bad. I still plan to make a work bench this summer though. My good friend UpChuck supplied me with some good chisels and I also bought some Narex mortise chisels from Lee Valley.
Smitty might recognize the block plane in the front, which I used for some of the chamfering

I should also mention this is my first attempt at a mortise. Why I chose Ipe for my first is beyond me. Its not perfect but it will do. (Hard to make a mallet with out a mallet by the way.)

The last picture is barking now and wants a walk I suppose.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)





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CFrye

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#1 posted 04-29-2015 11:18 AM

That ought to do the job, Don! Hope the pinkie is healing well. How is the mallet head secured to the handle? Pup looks like he’s got some basset in him. I bet he sings real pretty! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 04-29-2015 12:32 PM

Thanks, Candy. Pinky works fine, but the very sharp chisel severed a nerve and I have no feeling above the top knucle
on the inside. (Well not no feeling it just feels numb/dull on that side.)

The mallet is just a standard (5 degree) wedge fit. Which is all that is necessary? It is as in Roy Underhil’ls
episode Big Ash Mallet.

The Dog (my DWMBO) is a Beagle cross Basset-hound or as we like to say a “Bagel” (and sometimes a “Basket-hound”) . She was the runt of an unsold litter by the breeder that we picked up from the humane society.

We used to be buddies in my prior life as “comboprof” (no space) but I have been reincarnated as “combo prof” (with space and aka DLK), because of a email change issue. So you may want to re-buddy me.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#3 posted 04-29-2015 01:32 PM

I’ll check out the link, Don. Beagle was my second guess :-)

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 10:03 PM

We had a neighborhood dog that appeared to be a beagle with maybe some basset. Everyone loved him as he was so polite and humble as he made his rounds for a visit and a treat. When he felt his visit was over he would go to the door and turn a backward look to be sure we were watching. He disappeared and we all miss him.

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#5 posted 04-30-2015 12:54 AM

Thanks Eddie_T, Our dog Gidgit is a sweat dog, but a stubborn dog. Does not like to be left alone and is very very attached to me. Asleep on my bed now as I type this.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#6 posted 05-14-2015 10:09 AM

Impossible not to smile:
(Hard to make a mallet with out a mallet by the way.)
Fine job on that mallet.
Seems like you are ready now. ;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 05-14-2015 10:20 AM

Thanks Mads. Your praise is an honor.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#8 posted 05-14-2015 06:28 PM

;-) my word are from my heart.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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