Shopmade Carving Mallet

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Project by Bricofleur posted 12-09-2009 03:48 AM 4770 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 12-09-2009 05:02 AM

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

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 12-09-2009 05:16 AM

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 12-09-2009 05:31 AM

Interesting but I’ll stick with wood too.

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#4 posted 12-09-2009 02:52 PM

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

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#5 posted 12-09-2009 04:21 PM

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

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#6 posted 12-09-2009 05:16 PM

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 12-13-2009 03:56 PM

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 01-01-2010 09:55 PM

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



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