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Project by YooperCasey posted 11-28-2007 03:43 AM 1672 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m setting up my very first shop and noticed that I needed a few basic tools, one of which was a mallet, one tool I felt I could handle with the lack of any major power tools. So I grabbed a piece of 4/4 hard maple and began. It is not beautiful, but it’s the first, and that has to be worth something. The handle was hand carved, the mallet itself laminated as 4 pieces, two solid outer pieces and two center pieces. When I glued it all up I wrapped the handle in wax paper and then clamped like mad. I had to pound the handle out but it went back in beautifully. I also cut the faces with a slight bevel so to be level when pounding, or at least that’s the plan.

With the exception of the sanding it has been made entirely with hand tools. I used a japanese pullsaw and my absolutely horrible Buck Bros. #4 plane.

The maple I used was milled using a wood-mizer the old man had 2 years ago from wood off of family land.

-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI





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Zuki

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#1 posted 11-28-2007 04:02 AM

sort of reminds me of the hammer that Thor (comic book hero) used to weild.

I bet it will be great for opening walnuts.

Nice work

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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YooperCasey

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#2 posted 11-28-2007 04:03 AM

Thanks Ebanista!

I’m undecided on a finish, I’d hate to have anything transfer to my work. 3X3X~5 is the dimensions on mine, swings nicely!

-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 11-28-2007 04:07 AM

You’re on your way!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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TomFran

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#4 posted 11-28-2007 04:13 AM

Nice job! Looks like it will work great. Good way to get started.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Greg Mitchell

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#5 posted 11-28-2007 04:22 AM

Great job on the mallet Casey!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, AR--gdamitchell@sbcglobal.net

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Buckskin

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#6 posted 11-28-2007 04:32 AM

Having just made one of these brutes myself out of redoak (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/3247) you can bet on a few things. 1. It packs a heck of a wallop. 2. Once you start using it, it will always be handy. I can’t figure out where I laid my pencil, but I know where that mallet is.

Great start!

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cajunpen

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#7 posted 11-28-2007 04:36 AM

Nice first project – it came out very nice and will be a welcome addition to your shop.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 11-28-2007 04:41 AM

It’s great that your first creation is something you’ll be using for many years to come!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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bryano

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#9 posted 11-28-2007 05:07 AM

nice job, its nice to creat your own tools. you appreciate it every time you use it. I dont think i would put a finish on any thing except the handle

-- bryano

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Dadoo

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#10 posted 11-28-2007 01:15 PM

Maybe Buckskin should put a pencil holder in his mallet, huh?!

I’d build one of these but my wife would use it as an “attitude alignment tool” on me.

So, what’s your next tool/jig gonna be?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 11-29-2007 12:51 AM

Welcome Yooper. That mallet should last a long time.Great job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Karson

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#12 posted 11-29-2007 04:51 AM

Great job on the mallet. I keep trying to figure out how many I need and the sizes so I’m without at the present time.

I’d like a small brass one to lightly tap a chisel and then an adjuster and fitter mallet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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clieb91

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#13 posted 11-29-2007 06:13 AM

Yooper,
Great looking tool sure it will come in handy. Welcome to LumberJocks.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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woodgrain411

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#14 posted 11-30-2007 03:33 AM

Nice tool looks very solid, Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- I love this site !

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