A few mallets

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Project by Chris Wright posted 03-03-2010 11:47 PM 1773 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were a lot of fun. I’ve been wanting a new carving mallet for a while now and when I got my last shipment of lumber I finally had my chance to make one. The delivery driver used a length of 6/4 quater sawn white oak to stack the lumber on when he was unloading it. Now, it wasn’t in the best shape (it had a few splits and some deep gouges) but it wasn’t all that bad. I planed it down and glued two pieces that were about 4 and a half inchs long together to make the head of the carvers mallet, mounted it on the lathe and went to town. I drilled a 3/4 inch hole in the base and made a handle out of a squared off piece of the same oak and glued it into the head. To help keep it from splintering I ended up soaking the head with thin CA glue and sanded it after it dried then decided to dress it up a little with the burn lines.

The carpenters mallet I decided to do on a whim. Using more of the same piece of oak I glued two 4 inch piece together with a thin strip of Bubinga in between them. After the glue dried I turned it down to a diameter of about 2 inchs and drilled the hole to attach the handle. The handle was a bit of an experiment because I decided to try some off center turning to make the handle oval. After rounding it off, I offset the grip side by 3/16 of an inch, turned one side, then off set it again to the other side then centered it back up to sand. I finished it in wipe on poly and attached a leather pad with contact cement to each side of the head to keep from maring the surface I stirke.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 11:58 PM

Nicely done Chris. I turned a carving mallet that looks a lot like yours and I have been using it quite a few years now. I have a little different type of heavy mallet. When I make the next one I plan to have leather covered faces on it like yours.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 02:01 AM

Nice job on the mallets. I have a store bought one like your straight one and I’ve been thinking of making my own. Hope it comes out half as nice as yours. Well done.

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 03:30 AM

Hey those are some nice mallets. You’ll get a lot of good use from them being made of white oak!
That is neat how you made the handle. I’ve been wanting to try offsetting a handle to make it oval but never got around to it yet. That’s sweet!!!!!!

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

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#4 posted 03-04-2010 03:51 PM

Great job. They look too nice to use. ( hahahaha).

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#5 posted 03-22-2010 01:22 PM

looks great
I hope they will
serve you well


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