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Project by MattHodek posted 03-26-2017 10:19 PM 532 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have seen a couple of youtube videos describing how to make similar mallets, and here is my attempt at it.

The wood is some nice walnut I picked up locally, and it is connected with a 1 inch brass tee I picked up at a box store. The threads were cut in the wood with another fitting that I hade filled grooves into the threads to act like a die. It took some effort to get them cut, but they seem to be holding well.

I originally made the mallet a couple of months ago as one of my first turning projects, but I never liked the shape of the handle. Today I stuck it back on my treadle lathe and had another go at it. My turning skills have improved, and I like the new shape a lot more. For the record, the subtle bumps in the handle are actually intentional as I like a little variation for my fingers to register on.





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#1 posted 03-26-2017 10:23 PM

Looks great! Now I want to make one.

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 02:18 AM

I like it. I have one of those tees, iron, but I should make a mallet.

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 02:45 AM

I keep seeing these and think I need to make one. Nice work!

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 03:08 AM

Nice mallet and smart way to thread the pieces.

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#5 posted 03-27-2017 12:49 PM

Looks great.
Any chance you could take a picture of your “thread cutting die” or link to the video please.
It looks too nice to use!

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#6 posted 03-27-2017 02:15 PM

Cool idea!!

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#7 posted 03-27-2017 02:57 PM

I need one of those ….and I guess for some weight ….. you still could add some BB’s …..GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 03-27-2017 04:19 PM

Really cool, Might have to try and make one myself. The brass and walnut look really nice together. I see those brass fittings in the store and wondered who in the heck has cast brass plumbing fixtures the cost over iron or sweated copper, much less over modern cpvc or pex just seems insane.

-- Ted

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#9 posted 03-28-2017 11:06 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. In general, it was relatively easy to make. The only tricky part is to get the threads going straight on the wood, which is the trick to cutting any threads. I found that a chamfer on the end helped to guide it in. I have yet to find anyone that couldn’t use an extra mallet.


Looks great.
Any chance you could take a picture of your “thread cutting die” or link to the video please.
It looks too nice to use!

- nakmuay

The piece I used to cut the threads is actually in the second picture. I just took a triangular file and filed down the threads in four equally spaced locations. They show it in the videos, which are here:

https://youtu.be/j96ONnvv9f8
https://youtu.be/Ov66b2ZwRiQ


Really cool, Might have to try and make one myself. The brass and walnut look really nice together. I see those brass fittings in the store and wondered who in the heck has cast brass plumbing fixtures the cost over iron or sweated copper, much less over modern cpvc or pex just seems insane.

—Ted

I will admit the price of the brass fitting was a bit more than I expected, but it does look good with the walnut. I am thinking my next one will be a 1/2 inch black iron fitting with spalted maple.

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