Joinery Mallet

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Project by bearkatwood posted 03-17-2016 06:32 PM 1162 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had some scraps laying around and I needed a mallet, so I slapped them together and gave it a little carving for flare. I put leather on the ends and made a leather strap for the end. I made it all without power
wouldn’t-cha-know! Not something I usually do, but I thought it was a small project so it would be fun.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 03-17-2016 06:37 PM

The carving was by hand? Awesome job. Did you remove material, or just repeatedly bludgeon it?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#2 posted 03-17-2016 06:39 PM

A little bit of both. I carved away what I could, but it wasn’t very clean looking so I used a punch to smack a bunch of divots in there.

-- Brian Noel

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#3 posted 03-17-2016 06:57 PM

I would use it for decoration, rather than to hit chisels.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#4 posted 03-17-2016 07:23 PM

Everything you do looks so dam good…! :)

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 03-17-2016 07:46 PM

looks like a nice carving mallet, too pretty for a jointers mallet.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 03-17-2016 07:48 PM

Damn fine mallet!
Bash it all up and carve another, I say.

Or mail it to me…LOL!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 03-17-2016 07:51 PM

beautiful hammer!!!

-- 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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James Wright

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#8 posted 03-17-2016 08:52 PM

Now that is a mallet! Sweet job man!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL,

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#9 posted 03-17-2016 09:58 PM

cool I like a bit of pizzaz in the shop.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 03-18-2016 01:00 AM

That’s a piece of art. Great job!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#11 posted 03-18-2016 01:26 AM

I have been using a bunch of rubber mallets I bought at harbor freight years ago and they were all falling apart so I decided it was time to make something nice. I saw a video the other day about one of the woodworking shows and the mallets a guy was making, don’t remember the name off hand, but they were maple that was infused so they were tough and had the leather strap and all. They had one side leather and one plain and he was selling them for like $150 and I thought I could make one for about $5, might not be as nice and last as long, but for that price hey why not. By now you all know that I tend to over do things a bit. My belief is that if it is worth doing, it is worth OVER DOING! ;)
My carving bench that was to go by the door on the opposite side of the workbench might have to wait as we have some big life plans ahead that could put an end to the shop I am in and shut the shop down for probably a year. Sucky, but who knows, maybe good will come of it. The last time I had a long break like that it took about 6 months before I was able to cut a decent dovetail again. I am hoping this time won’t be as long.
Any way, I had a plan to make a carving mallet that was indexed to fit your fingers and it was going to look like a ball and claw foot chair leg. I just thought that would be hilarious. So keep your fingers crossed that things go well and I am able to keep the shop running a bit longer. Thanks for all the great comments, you have all been great getting to know.

-- Brian Noel

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#12 posted 03-18-2016 01:39 PM

Very nicely done Brian.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#13 posted 03-18-2016 03:51 PM

Beautifully crafted mallet, Brian. Hope the changes bring about great things for you! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 03-18-2016 04:45 PM

That is a fine shop built tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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