Made a new mallet

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I had made a mallet back awhile ago when everyone was doing the “split handle” thing. It looks pretty cool, but truth be told, it is NOT very comfortable to use. For one thing the handle is too long and I just didn’t shape it to fit my hand very well.

So the other day I was digging thru my woodpile, looking for something to throw up on the lathe. Spotted a block of oak I found at the dumpsters last year. Someone had glued 4 pieces of 1” X 4” together and started to turn a table leg but they gave up. It was pretty ugly, but I figured for a mallet it might work fine. The finished mallet is just over 13.5” overall, with the handle being about 10”


I have no idea what the handle is made of. I “THOUGHT” it was a piece of black gum someone had given me, but after turning it, the wood is almost pure white. The bark had some funky stuff growing on it. Here’s several shots of it.





I drilled a 1.25” hole in the head and turned the handle to fit the hole. Glued together using Titebond III .
I put a good heavy soaking of BLO on it and then glued a piece of 1/4” thick rubber on one side so I can beat on things without marring the finish.

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#1 posted 06-15-2015 06:39 PM

have you tried it a little at your fingertips?
nice mallet buddy

-- bambi

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#2 posted 06-15-2015 07:15 PM

Big improvement. First one was too bulky.


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#3 posted 06-16-2015 12:14 AM

Looks good Joe,
Is the handle maple, I have seen that type of fungus growing on maple before??
It does not really matter if you like it, does it feel better in your hand

Again it look very nice.
Have a blessed evening and have some fun making dust, Todd

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#4 posted 06-16-2015 02:57 AM

Nice save, Joe!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 06-16-2015 03:18 AM

Wow! I like that style Joe. I will have to make one similar. Great work in the making.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 06-16-2015 01:06 PM

Much better on the 2nd mallet!
Get ready to turn a bunch of mallets…they are too much fun.

And please share more mallets on the Mallets of your Dreams Thread :)

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#7 posted 06-16-2015 01:44 PM

I like those mallets, Joe. They will be a great tool for your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 06-05-2016 04:47 AM

Nice job. Especially like the side profile of the head.

I have no idea what the handle is made of. I…

- JoeinGa

Just a tip when you are faced with this dilemma again. Proudly call it … BOOMBY...

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