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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 10-25-2016 08:22 PM 390 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve recently starting a few woodworking projects, and quickly realized I needed a mallet, so I knocked one together out of scrap 2×4s. Two pieces about 5” long got ripped square, then got faces cut to 5 degree angles, and a groove cut for the handle. A piece of 1.5 inch square cut-off got turned into a handle with the help of a spokeshave. Glue and clamp it together, then sand things clean and hit it with a coat of BLO, and my first project was done.





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Tim Christensen

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#1 posted 10-26-2016 01:50 PM

That’s cool! I need to do one of these soon for a project I am working on! Just curious, did you taper the groove you cut for your handle to help hold the head on?

-- Tim C., Sgt. Bluff, Iowa.

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 05:04 PM



That s cool! I need to do one of these soon for a project I am working on! Just curious, did you taper the groove you cut for your handle to help hold the head on?

- Tim Christensen

I doweled the two halves of the head onto the handle with ⅜” dowels. Glued it up, too.

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#3 posted 10-30-2016 02:22 AM

More specifically, I forgot to taper the groove for the handle, and then as I test-fit it together, I said a good hearty Homer Simpson “D’ohh!” and got out the bit and brace and some dowels. If you were to see the top-view of the mallet, you would also see where I put a tiny wedge of apricot in to fill the gap next to the handle, because my somewhat amateurish chiseling actually had the groove tapering the wrong way, so a gap needed filling. Learned a bunch on this one. :/

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