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My first Firewood Mallet

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Project by Vaul posted 02-19-2016 05:20 AM 912 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t have a lot of woodworking experience, but I wanted/needed a wooden mallet for use with chisels. It made more sense to make one than to buy one, but I didn’t have any wood that seemed large enough. Since our firewood is oak, which is a decent hardness, I decided to cut a piece to size to see if it would be good enough. I felt like it came out fairly well considering I’ve never done this before, and the grain of the wood looks pretty cool.

One side of the piece of firewood was close to flat, so I knocked down the high points with a chisel and hand plane. Then ran it through the table saw a little bit at a time to trim off the opposite side. Then I turned it so the trimmed/flat side was on the bottom and squared up the rest. I had to be very careful not to let it rock, which would bind up the blade and cause kickback, dismemberment, or death. If I do much like this any more I’ll need to make a jig to hold the logs in place in a safer way. Izzy Swan has some good videos on youtube for that.

After the final shaping and sanding was done I just gave it a few coats of boiled linseed oil.

-- Jon (aka. Vaul)





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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 02-19-2016 05:23 AM

Nice job with the limited tools you have. Having a jointer would have made squaring up the fire wood easier and safer. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 02-19-2016 11:22 AM

Nice work on the mallet Vaul, will be real handy in the work shop. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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XquietflyX

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#3 posted 02-19-2016 06:34 PM

Nice job!!!
Have you named it yet?
Every hammer deserves a name.

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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Vaul

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#4 posted 02-19-2016 08:55 PM



Nice job!!!
Have you named it yet?
Every hammer deserves a name.

- XquietflyX

Ha! Thanks. A name huh? Hmm, how about Mjölnir? It’s a bit on the large side :D

-- Jon (aka. Vaul)

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DonSol

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#5 posted 02-20-2016 12:22 AM

That should do the job, nice addition to the shop. I use those metal alphabet stamps to put my name and date on the end of the handle.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 02-20-2016 03:09 AM

Nice work, you will find it very useful.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 02-20-2016 04:21 AM

Nice

-- - Roger

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Vaul

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#8 posted 02-20-2016 04:24 AM



That should do the job, nice addition to the shop. I use those metal alphabet stamps to put my name and date on the end of the handle.

- DonSol

That’s a good idea, and I actually have a set of those i haven’t used in years. Might be time to break them out again. I’ve also been toying with the idea of using a woodburner to sign custom items I make, just for the fun of it.

-- Jon (aka. Vaul)

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kiefer

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#9 posted 02-22-2016 05:50 PM

Hi Jon
Nice work on the mallet and it should do the heavy work with ease and stand up to the task .
Next one you make and I am sure you will make several as time goes consider laminating and leather faces .
I like a little mallet that I use almost daily for all kinds of situations and I did a little blog on it if you care to take a look at the construction details .
http://lumberjocks.com/kiefer/blog/42678
I have also made a complete set of mallets in different sizes and weights to use in certain situations .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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