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Joiner's Mallet from ShopNotes Issue 2

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Project by michaelray posted 07-20-2009 03:12 PM 6674 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...or rattle hammer as my son calls it.

First of all thanks to Ben for his post and inspiration. I was able to find the complete set of plans from Shop Notes Issue 2 March 1992 which described making the handle in more detail.

Made from leftover Walnut and White Oak. I had a blast building this one and I’m planning to make more just because it was so much fun. I finished it with a couple of coats of Danish Oil. The weights for the head are split-shot sinkers (small ones) that I just happened to have in my tackle box. And the leather I found at a local craft store – a bag of remnants for 5 bucks.

I pretty much followed the plans exactly as they are except for putting the epoxy in the lead weights – hence the name rattle hammer.

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#1 posted 07-20-2009 04:18 PM

looks great. I have that issue of shopnotes put aside with that plan just waiting to get a chance to get it done. thanks for the reminder :) the white oak looks fantastic

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#2 posted 07-20-2009 04:35 PM

Nice job, I have look for that issue!

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#3 posted 07-20-2009 05:09 PM

Nicely done!

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#4 posted 07-20-2009 06:21 PM

i don’t follow what you mean about the epoxy. I’m plannign to make one though so if you don’t mind explaining, I’d appreciate it. Nice work. Mine is probably going to be scrap maple and I bought my leather the same way as you. mine was remnants that I got at michael’s crafts.

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#5 posted 07-20-2009 06:46 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

- HokieMojo –
One of the steps involves placing lead weights in pockets drilled out of the center of the mallet’s head. The plans recommend putting some epoxy(hot glue would probably work as well) in with the weights so they don’t rattle when striking an object.

Hope this answers your question.

Michael

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#6 posted 07-20-2009 08:04 PM

i see. I actually thought it would be preferable to leave the epoxy out. That should give the same effect as a “dead-blow” mallet. It would allow you to hit hard and not have a mallet that bounces back.

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#7 posted 07-20-2009 10:12 PM

Hey Mike cool mallet

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#8 posted 07-21-2009 03:52 AM

If I had a hammer…there’d be no more folk singers.

-- When the tide goes out you see who's been skinny dipping.

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#9 posted 10-19-2009 05:03 AM

The complete PDF file can be found online at: http://www.woodworkingonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/Joiners%20Mallet.pdf

There is a complete comentary, with photo limks at: http://www.woodworkingonline.com/?s=mallet

I am going to make one real soon, using this idea, but adapting the head in a more traditional sloped style.

I hope the links help.

God Bless,
Hawg

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#10 posted 08-25-2010 12:13 AM

Erg-ga. Why is every link to the plans for this only one page? You get a decent look at the head and maybe that’s all that counts, but I’d like to see the plans for the handle that goes with this bad boy!

-- Raisin' grain with blood, sweat, and tears

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