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Project by kiefer posted 06-09-2016 09:47 PM 1450 views 9 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A master craftsman offered to teach our guild members how to hand cut dove tails and we have had him at two different meetings ,what a pleasure to see it done life by a professional craftsman .
I had met this fellow last fall at our wood show and he was just taken by my projects and fell in love with my mallets and when I stopped by his shop one day I gave him one of my little tapper mallets
At the meeting he mentioned that the little tapper was a great little mallet but not well suited for dovetailing as it is a bit light so I made this little mallet for him and had him try it and he loved it saying that it was perfect weight and shape but and I thought oh no . He found the handle just a bit too big around and would like it smaller .
Well back to the shop and make a few more mallets with different handle sizes and I took them to the next meeting and had him try them and ha e wound up taking two of them one made from Jatoba and one made from Hickory .
I don’t think I could have given him a better thank you gift for teaching us .
Now for the name .
I ask the fellow why are they called a dovetail joint when there are pins and tails making up the joint and he gave me a big smile .
Here are a few pictures of how I constructed the mallet .

The centre layer and pattern

Centre layer pieces cut to shape

The handle with two outside layers glued on and ready for turning on the lathe

The handle turned and the centre layer fitted together just needs the wedge slots drilled and saw cut .

The rest of the pieces (outside layers of the head ) added and glued and clamped .

Marked out the head shape with a pattern and band sawed ,sanded and wedged the handle .

And this is the finished Pin&Tail mallet with leather faces on the head and handle end .

I hope you like and enjoy this post and if there are questions just ask .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 06-09-2016 10:04 PM

Neat! I just may try to make one of those!

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#2 posted 06-09-2016 10:35 PM

More fine woodworking from a great craftsman that lots of people love to follow! Very nice gift of thanks!
Nice work Klaus!

-- 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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#3 posted 06-09-2016 11:28 PM

Beautiful job and great photos w/descriptions. The leather faces really class that lil hammer up !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 06-10-2016 12:11 AM

Very COOL mallet work!

I like the design…

Thank you!

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#5 posted 06-10-2016 12:16 AM


I was wondering if you’d taken the summer off to go sky diving. :<) Truly an event among master craftsmen. I might put this in my winter projects list.

What is the name of your guild?


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#6 posted 06-10-2016 12:56 AM

Nice of you to custom make a beautiful mallet for him Klaus. The little tapper is still my favorite and mostly used. I wonder why.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 06-10-2016 02:09 AM

Very nice. I like it.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#8 posted 06-10-2016 02:29 AM

That is a cool assembly method for a mallet. I may use that in the future for a round one I need to make for school!!

Thanks, Jim

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

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#9 posted 06-10-2016 02:31 AM

Nice little mallet, I like the round style and really like the little brass one from L.V.
I see the Southern Guild resembles the Northern Guild. (A lot of grey hair) LOL!

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#10 posted 06-10-2016 02:44 AM

Nice – Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 06-10-2016 04:59 AM

Looks like a handy little helper Klaus, and pretty too.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 06-10-2016 06:39 AM

The last time I was thinking with what would Klaus be busy. Now I know. You where starting up a mallet factory.

A nice mallet you have made.

Last time I was at the local sawmill and I got some small pieces hornbeam. I made two mallets from it. Hornbeam is a great wood to use for a mallet.

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#13 posted 06-10-2016 07:14 AM

That is awesome. Great job buddy

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#14 posted 06-10-2016 01:23 PM

Awesome mallets and great teaching. Well, now I need one ! Favorited for a future project. I always found awkward dealing with a long handle but never thought about a shorter one.

Thank you Klaus.


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#15 posted 06-10-2016 01:56 PM

Pleasing to the eye and they look like they deliver a hefty blow.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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