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Project by ChefHDAN posted 10-31-2015 02:34 AM 664 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mallet build got a bit out of hand, it was sort of a scrap project build caused from excessive youtube viewing. I decided to use some red oak that I had for the handle instead of the tulip poplar I found in the HD parking lot because the balance was not going to feel right because the head was very heavy. The head is a sandwich of some Ipe cutoffs and some lightly spalted white oak from a piece I picked up from a tree that was bucked and left in place on the forest floor. I wound up with cutoffs from the large head so I decided to make a small one as a goof. I saw many versions and since I could not decide between the angled face and the dome face I put one on each end. Ironically, the little one I made as a goof seems to get the most use, just seems to be perfect when something needs a few light taps to adjust etc. I do believe these mallets can be addictive, I have ideas for the next ones already

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-31-2015 12:29 PM

Great looking mallets. I’m glad you use them too. Some times people think because they are so good looking that you won’t use them, but that is what they were made for.

Nice going!!.............Jim

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

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ChefHDAN

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#2 posted 10-31-2015 04:09 PM

LOL, I have changed and gotten a dead blow once or twice when I was worried I’d mess up the face. Bought myself some Narex chisels for my birthday, the mallets feel very RIGHT with the chisels.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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WoodNSawdust

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#3 posted 10-31-2015 04:21 PM

Nice mallets. I love the grain pattern of the turned handle in picture 3.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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ChefHDAN

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#4 posted 10-31-2015 04:43 PM

Many thanks, the stock was cut from some left over reclaimed oak door casing, it was a huge door and the thickest part of the casing was about 1 3/4”. I don’t have a lathe, and actually “turned”/shaped the handle with my oscillating spindle sander. Used a new 60 grit sleeve and spun the handle against the spindle to sort of create a “egg” in the middle of the handle, not the quickest method or the least dusty but it worked. For the smaller mallet I cut to size & the used a round over to get to the dowel shape and did most of the final work by hand.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#5 posted 10-31-2015 06:22 PM

I know I shouldn’t say it, but I just can’t help myself.

I think you did this whole project with “Mallets aforethought?”

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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ChefHDAN

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#6 posted 10-31-2015 06:41 PM

LOL Dallas, I had to say it out loud a few times but I finally got it.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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