Walnut Joiners Mallet

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Project by AllenD posted 05-29-2017 06:14 PM 828 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I needed some shop time but was between bigger projects. I gathered up some leather scraps and walnut cut offs from the scrap bin to make a new mallet.

The end of the project snuck up on me fast, I had the spokeshave out shaping the handle when suddenly it felt great and I realized “its done”.

3 Short walnut cutoffs face glued together with a groove and a longer walnut board for the handle. I planned a taper on handle stock leaving one end a bit oversized. One face is cut at 90 and the other is slightly angled for chiseling.

I covered both faces in leather because my contractor grade chisels have a metal end cap that has done a number on my wooden mallets. We’ll see how well the PVA glue holds leather to the walnuts edge grain, and how well the leather holds up.

As a finish, I just rubbed on some boiled linseed oil.

-- - Allen (Marietta, GA) In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#1 posted 05-29-2017 06:32 PM

Good job, Allen. Great use of scraps!

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#2 posted 05-29-2017 07:09 PM

Great looking mallet, it is on my list of things to make

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 05-29-2017 09:28 PM

Very nice! I’m headed to my scrap bin to look for my own mallet components now.

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