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Project by parkerdude posted 03-30-2010 02:47 PM 2675 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

I’ve been using my chisels a little more lately and felt the various hammers weren’t quite up to the task. I looked around the web and sketched up something like this.

I told my wife “I needed a whacker”, she said “don’t look too far”.

One face is flat for chiseling and the other face is con-vexed for “adjusting” things. Yes, my finger was one of the things recently “adjusted” 8-)

I made and used a “scratch stock” to add the bead above and below the grip area.

I added the bolts as an after thought. I feared the glue might fail sometime in the future.

Thanks for looking.


-- dust control

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 05:34 PM

don´t wack me one
it seams to bee little
too hard for my head
home made tools
are the best

looks great hope it
will serve you well


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#2 posted 03-30-2010 06:50 PM

I made several Mallets while taking shop class in High School. I learned to orientate the grain in the handle correctly so they didn’t snap off.

Looks like a cool Wacker.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#3 posted 03-30-2010 07:46 PM

I just love the name.

I haven’t made mallets before, but the glue I typically use (Titebond II) is stronger than the woods I have used it to bond. Am I just being naive thinking that the wood would fail before the glue? I’ve never glued a joint that would be subjected to repeated impacts, so I guess the glue could become more brittle over time and fail, but I would like to know, just for future reference, if modern glues do indeed fail over time, or if anyone has long term data on how they hold up after a few years.

Yes, I know old Elmer’s wood glue and hide glues will fail after a while, but I was under the impression that the new crosslinking PVA glues held up much better. I honestly don’t know and hope somebody can offer up some insight.


-- David from Indiana --

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Heidi Neely

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#4 posted 03-30-2010 09:09 PM

Looks like this will get the job done nicely! How heavy is it? I’ve found some of the store bought “whackers” to be a little too heavy on the arm after continual use. Probably has something to do with the fact that I’m a woman and don’t have as much strength in my arms as my boyfriend does. So Keith ended up turning one…and now it’s my favorite! The handle is just the right size for my hand, and it’s light weight and very sturdy because it’s all made out of one solid piece.

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#5 posted 03-30-2010 10:38 PM


Yeah, it’s a little hard for my head too.


I just have the grain running the length of the handle. Is that the right way?


This is my first mallet, and I typically use Titebond II, and it has proven stronger than the wood. It was after the mallet was finished that I decided to add the bolts.


Thanks, the mallet head is 12 ounces, so I’d guess the whole thing should still be under 1 pound. It’s ironic that “your” Keith turned one for you, we share that name.

later everyone,

-- dust control

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#6 posted 03-30-2010 11:03 PM

The grain in the handle needs to run the same direction as the grain in the head. If it is crossways to the handle the handle will split lengthways. Sounds simple but it took me a couple of cracked handles to figure out why.

I use the same mallet style as I made in shop class for casting fishing sinkers and jig heads it will knock off the sprue real easy. Got to be careful not to let it fall in your shoe I can guarantee that you will not be able to untie your shoe strings. Just stick your foot in a bucket of water. Ask me how I know.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#7 posted 03-31-2010 06:31 AM

I’ve heard of “bronzing” babies shoes, but “leading” fisherman’s shoes doesn’t ring any bells as being a common tradition! ;)

That gave me a nice little laugh right before bedtime! Thanks for sharing.

-- David from Indiana --

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 10:47 AM

Cool mallet, I have 3 that I’m in the process of making I’ll put pics on soon. Its a pretty cool design with wood dowels…. Very nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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