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Project by Cliff posted 07-06-2015 05:18 AM 1386 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here they are….....More Mallets…...Since becoming a LUMBERJock I have now made 5 Mallets but don’t have a Mallet of my own!!! They have all been given away. Most Wood Workers I’m sure would agree that part of the Joy of making something is the Joy of giving, so the next Mallet is for me. I’ll give it a bit of thought and attempt to draw it on paper first and then make a Mallet for Cliff.

Again I apologise for not having progress pictures, I was just having so much fun Sawing and Turning that I clean forgot about photos. The Wood is Australian Hard Wood, very old and is part of my Bits and Pieces box of timber.
The Finish is Danish Oil. Six Coats, sanded between the first Four Coats with 240 Grit. The last Two coats were not sanded. I like Danish Oil but it is a bit tedious if you are itching to get to the end result. Extreme patience is required. Nearly forgot. The end caps are cross grain as opposed to the Mallet Head which runs along the Grain from top to bottom. I am considering a different method of fixing the Caps in the future, so far I have glued them on at the Square Blank Stage…another method could be to make hard wood dowels between cap and mallet head, then glue them. The added strength could work out well.

Thank you for looking.

Kind regards,


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 07-06-2015 07:35 AM

Can see that you are enjoying yourself Cliff, nice pair of mallets mate, your right about the joy of giving your work to others especially if it puts a smile on their faces. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 08:44 AM

Thanks Bob. Yes I am really enjoying woodwork. It also puts a smile on my face.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 11:52 AM

I like them, good job!

-- My reality check bounced...

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 12:01 PM

Nice looking mallets. Cliff Beautiful finish too!!
I like the contrasting color in the heads.
When I put a hard face on the heads I bore 1” holes in each end of the blank and then turn down the facings with 1” tenon and glue them in. I have chipped the head of the mallet I use everyday in the lathe, but the facing is still solid

cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 07-06-2015 12:10 PM

These look like some serious mallets. The handles also look like a good fit for the hand. I bet the smile on your face gets even bigger when you give them away. Nicely done Cliff. I like the wood choice too.

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

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#6 posted 07-07-2015 02:45 AM

Thank you Hairy. Your encouragement is appreciated.


Thank you Jim….Glad you like them…....I like the advice you offer regarding the 1 inch tenon. Sounds exactly what I was looking for as I always had in the back of my mind, would the glue always hold? I think I will try and attempt your method next time. I would possibly struggle with achieving two completely flat surfaces. Maybe I need a lot more practice…..any suggestions as the best way to Turn Down the Facings Jim?


Hi Dave, I’m grinning from ear to ear from both making and giving things away….Thank you for your kind comments.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 07-07-2015 03:09 AM

They look nice and giving them to someone always gives me a good feeling also and a smile is a good enough thank you .
For a face on a mallet try a good thick leather or a couple layers laminated .
I have been told by HILLYBIILY SHOOTER that horse hide is the best and last a long time .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 07-07-2015 06:15 AM

Thank you Klaus, your comments are very much appreciated.
Thanks also for your good advice regarding the face on a Mallet.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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