Cherry and Leather Mallet

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Project by PlanBWoodworks posted 08-27-2017 09:31 AM 2159 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really wanted to call this post a second attempt at a first mallet, but grammatically, that just doesn’t make a great deal of sense. However, that is what this project is. Several months ago, I attempted, and I suppose to some extent I succeeded, in building a mallet. In what seems almost like a right of passage for a beginner woodworker, I constructed my first “first” mallet from red oak. I wanted it to be heavy, so I used a Forstner bit to drill some recesses to hold bbs for additional heft. Ugly as sin (pic #4), this mallet did what it was supposed to do. I used it to hit stuff.

I was never happy – and you can see why – with the way the mallet looks. That being said, it served its purpose. I decided that I wanted to build something more aesthetically pleasing. My second attempt is made from cherry and has leather on both faces and around the handle. The leather is from the upper/shaft of a pair of work boots that I replaced a few months ago. I attached the leather with contact cement. The faces have a slight angle.

While I am much happier with the appearance of this new mallet, I am going to keep the original. The newer version doesn’t have the heft of the first – no extra weight this time. The original will serve as a reminder of what progress (however marginal) I have made in my skills, and also that functionality and beauty don’t necessarily go hand in hand.

Thanks for looking!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#1 posted 08-27-2017 01:33 PM

Looks like you prevailed. That’s a beautiful mallet. The leather and cherry make a great combo.

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#2 posted 08-27-2017 02:01 PM

Looks like it would have a nice feel to it.
And the first one may not be pretty but you don’t need pretty to give a board a wack when it needs one. lol

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#3 posted 08-27-2017 03:22 PM

Good story, mallet will serve it’s purpose. Reminded me when I was a lot younger and had a summer job framing houses, the boss told me quite bluntly that Hammer has a handle for a reason so use all of it! guess he didn’t like the way I was only tapping the nails in? How times have changed, not very often you need to hit a chisel too hard.

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#4 posted 08-27-2017 05:55 PM

This is an outstanding shop-made mallet.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 08-27-2017 08:07 PM

Looks great. I lov the leather handle

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#6 posted 08-28-2017 03:09 AM

Cool idea on getting the leather from your work boots. Nice looking mallet!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 02-05-2018 04:14 AM

Nice job on this mallet – i like the look! Love the Cherry – ive not wrapped a mallet handle like this & may try it.

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