Wooden Mallets

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Project by piper posted 06-03-2009 06:08 PM 1968 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Haven’t posted anything in a while so I thought I would throw these to out there. Using some hard Maple and Red Oak made these to Mallets. The first I used a piece of scrap ABS plumbing pipe and Hard Maple. I turned the center post slightly larger than the ID of the pipe. Then I heated the pipe in a 450 oven in a bread pan filled with sand. The sand helps keep the pipe hot until you are ready to install it. ( I have a few steps from Kitchen to the shop. The plastic is then pliable enough to tap over the center post. When it cools it tightens up on the wood no glue needed. Then I just turned the plastic, wood to blend them and sanded. To add more weight to the smaller mallet I drilled a 3/4” hole in the center ad added a plumbers lead melted in a tin can. Then turned a plug glued and sanded. Finished the mallet with Tung oil. The larger mallet is laminated red oak and Maple turned and finished with Tung Oil. I got the first Idea from a web sight I was looking at some time ago but don’t remember were so I can’t give the proper credit.

-- piper

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#1 posted 06-03-2009 06:13 PM

Those are great! How does the plastic hold up to abuse? Did you have to add any weight to the smaller one? Nice idea!

-- Brian, Jericho Vermont

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#2 posted 06-03-2009 06:26 PM

Interesting and look beautiful!
a Bronze rod can be used also to ad weight, and can be left exposed.

-- 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 06-03-2009 06:40 PM


That is a really cool idea using the heated plastic!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 06-03-2009 06:46 PM

Great looking mallets and thanks for the how to!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 06-03-2009 07:06 PM

Nice tools. I too am curious about the benefits of the ABS plastic.

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#6 posted 06-03-2009 10:29 PM

The ABS is realitivley soft since no glue was used, if it has to be replaced I can cut it off and replace it.

-- piper

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#7 posted 06-04-2009 06:35 AM

clean cool and nice

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 06-04-2009 11:29 PM

I like the ABS mallet, the wife is going to like it more when it come time to use the Kitchen LOL…Blkcherry

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#9 posted 10-18-2010 01:03 PM

Piper, I’ve used a boiling pot of water to soften PVC. Thanks for posting the oven/ABS idea. Nice mallets too.

BC, So what does your wife use a mallet for in the kitchen, keeping tasters out? LOL!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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