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I started by just making one joiner’s mallet but as this was also a skill-building project (and a chance to work with some exotic hardwoods), I couldn’t make just 1…I made 6 (2 large, 4 small).

The first one I made was the padauk (love the smell) and I did the entire thing (including handle) with it. I wish the block had been a bit longer for shape/balance but it works very well and is the one I use the most (it is light but strong).

The next 4 I made were from the same 3×6x6 blanks but I cut them in half so I would make 2 of each. I had a block of mora (maybe related to osage orange?) and a block of orange agate (this stuff had crazy cool grain). I mixed my finishes—usually applying BLO or tung oil but I added a couple of coats of shellac and paste wax to 1 of each variety to polish them and dress them up a bit…

The last one was the biggest/heaviest—using bloodwood (though the last time I used bloodwood it had much more red/bleed to it. Still, this one came out the best and packs the most punch.

I mostly used maple for the handles though I used padauk on 2 of them. These were fun projects—now to give some away. I certainly don’t need them all.

Credit to Paul Sellers for the project.

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#1 posted 09-19-2016 11:09 PM

Anyone seen a mallet laying around here…....?

Great work. I like watching Paul Sellers on youtube all the time. He’s got a great way of teaching things that is encouraging.

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 11:23 PM

Those are great looking mallets. I too, watched the Paul Sellers video. I bought a Piece of 12/4 hard maple and have enough to build 4 mallets. They are on my next to do list. I love all the exotic hard woods. What was the dimension of the handle?

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#3 posted 09-20-2016 01:27 AM

Most of them are 14” (including the head). I did 12” on a couple of the smaller ones due to limitations from my scraps.

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#4 posted 09-20-2016 03:18 AM

Excellent work! Made one for myself awhile back and found once I had it I use it all the time.

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#5 posted 09-20-2016 05:15 PM

That sure is a nice collection of shop built mallets. They will be great additions to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 03-10-2018 08:41 PM

those are cool. Good job.

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