Deadblow mallet

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Project by PPK posted 09-28-2017 01:52 PM 1059 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this deadblow mallet with bluegum for the head, and hickory for the handle, wedged with a little bit of walnut. I followed a plan that I had saved on my computer from a long time ago, from Shop Notes magazine? I can’t find the original plan anymore, just the scan I have. The pockets inside the mallet are filled with steel BB shot. If I made another one, I think I’d use lead, because this hammer sounds somewhat like a baby rattle when you swing it. I think that lead also has less “bouncyness” to it than steel. I just used BB’s because that’s what I had on hand. I faced it with leather and rubbed on some finish. It was a fun build, and I am looking forward to tapping together some fine handcut dovetails with it soon. Ha! Or something.

-- Pete

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#1 posted 09-28-2017 01:57 PM

That is one beautiful mallet!!

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#2 posted 09-28-2017 03:15 PM

Great looking mallet. It should give a mighty blow.

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#3 posted 09-28-2017 03:48 PM

Too pretty to use!

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#4 posted 09-28-2017 04:22 PM

very nicely done!

when you get done hammering can you use them for mariachi? with the pellets and all.

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#5 posted 09-28-2017 04:39 PM

Nice looking mallet, but although I comprehend the theory of the dead blow principal I have always found that if you need to hit something that hard it most likely wasn’t built right?

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#6 posted 09-28-2017 04:48 PM

Thanks for the comments, all.

Andre, I’m not an expert, but I think the theory behind the dead blow is that it gives less rebound, and also gives the impact over a longer amount of time. (Which makes sense, if it doesn’t bounce off the object you’re striking). All that I know is that I can tell the difference when using a dead blow – it seems to do more moving (impact) for the same weight of standard hammer. I’ve also ruined a lot less things with a dead blow!

Finally, I totally agree with you: if you’ve gotta force something together, you’ve not done your job right…

-- Pete

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#7 posted 09-28-2017 04:58 PM

That looks great. That head will definitely stand up to some pounding.

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#8 posted 09-28-2017 07:28 PM

Very nice hammer! I made one for a prior swap and was not happy with it so I kept it and made another. They work really well!

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#9 posted 09-29-2017 12:57 AM

Nice mallet. How difficult or easy was the bluegum to work with?

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#10 posted 09-29-2017 03:09 AM

awesome mallet for whacking ….... GREAT JOB :<))


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#11 posted 09-29-2017 12:34 PM

This mallet is a beautiful shop made tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 09-29-2017 01:06 PM

Nice mallet. How difficult or easy was the bluegum to work with?

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The initial cut off the big 3” thick block bound up my saw spectacularly, but after that cut, I didn’t have any troubles cutting or shaping. Its really pretty wood, IMO.

-- Pete

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#13 posted 09-29-2017 09:32 PM

PPK , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

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#14 posted 09-29-2017 09:40 PM

Thanks Grumpy!

-- Pete

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