Shopmade Carving Mallet

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Project by Bricofleur posted 1696 days ago 3639 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I saw in a magazine this carving mallet made out of black iron plumbing parts, I knew I should make my own.

The required items are : One 3/4’’ to 1’’reducer, one 6’’ long 3/4’’ coupling, one bicycle inner tube and fabric athletic tape (hockey). I added the white plastic cap to soften the end.

The plumbing parts well secured together, I wraped the coupling with several layers of athletic tape, very tight. Then, I threaded a length of the inner tube.

Finally, I rolled the head of the mallet on the spinning grinding wheel of my bench grinder to make it uniform. Then I polished it on a felt wheel using honing compound.

Now it’s time to share this nice economical tool.

To see more details and photos, look for it on this page of my website :



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#1 posted 1696 days ago

Why a metal mallet?? Never heard of that before. I thought the purpose of a mallet was to keep from damaging the tools.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 1696 days ago

Me too Topamax. I’ll stick with my wooden mallet.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 1696 days ago

Interesting but I’ll stick with wood too.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1696 days ago

It looks cool , but …...thanks for sharing with us : )

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#5 posted 1696 days ago

great idea, I see where your going with this.It just like the brass mallet (that cost way to much) without the brass price tag.Also smoothing the head looks like it works great.I love the clamp boxes that you made,those must make it easier to glue up.I’ll be building a set of those soon.thanks

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#6 posted 1696 days ago

Looks like the beginings to an interchangeable mallet. It’s already threaded so couldn’t you make different heads for different types of projects? Maybe a large one for large sculpting and a small one for little projects?

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#7 posted 1692 days ago

from the small pic, I thought it was a modified more taper end for the lathe… a nice tiny mallet for small carving tools. But the idea of interchangeable heads, fitted into a custom briefcase to take on the road really appeals.
whether as practical or just a shop display/conversation piece. Coolness and economical to boot.

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#8 posted 1673 days ago

I also like the idea of the interchangeable heads. Thanks.



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