Down & Dirty Mallet

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Project by roaddog posted 11-21-2016 04:11 AM 659 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

English walnut head with maple handle. Salvaged from waste at a couple local sawmills.

My hand tool skills need improvement. Figured the first thing I needed was a decent mallet. The English Walnut was wasting away under a tarp at a local back yard sawmill. The maple handle came from a nice score of maple boards that were headed to the table saw to make stickers for stacking lumber.

I used my drill press to hog out a lot of the mortise and then chiseled it square. Not the best mallet in the world but the first of many projects to improve my hand tool skills.

Now I just need some worthy chisels.

-- Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh

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#1 posted 11-21-2016 08:57 AM

Nice piece, never enough of them.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-21-2016 09:32 AM

That’s a dandy. I am in the process of making my first mallet. My choice of woods is just the opposite of yours. Hard maple of the head and black walnut for the handle. I hope mine looks as nice as yours when I’m done.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 11-21-2016 01:02 PM

Looks very serviceable, as well as being a nice combination of wood. Good work!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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