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Timber Framing War-Hammer... ok just a mallet

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Project by WoodWheeler posted 06-14-2018 11:32 AM 1246 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

5lb Timber Framing Mallet that I build yesterday from a scrap offcut (albeit large!) of reclaimed Blackbutt (hard, dense Australian native timber) for the head and nice lightly figured and straight grained Tasmanian Blackwood for the handle. I plan to use this during a small timber frame build to hammer home joints, drive pegs and hit big framing chisels!

Got to use my drawknife and shave horse for the first time shaping the handle, as well as finishing up with a rasp and spokeshave. All by hand/eye with no prior planning and am happy with how it turned out – even symetrical to the eye :). Wedged, tapered mortise and tenon.

A fun little build and should be a useful shop tool.

Thanks for looking. If anyone has a name suggestion for the hammer I’m all ears!

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom





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mattkollar

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#1 posted 06-14-2018 12:03 PM

Looks awesome. Great work, Dom.

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WoodWheeler

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#2 posted 06-14-2018 12:06 PM

Thanks Matt. Haven’t put it down since I put a coat of wax on it this morning haha, just feels so good in the hand – a nice heft yet reasonably well balanced. It is begging to hit something! Cheers, Dom

-- Dom

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swirt

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#3 posted 06-14-2018 01:21 PM

A nice refined “commander” you have built there.

Much more refined than mine ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 06-14-2018 05:29 PM

A very PRETTY- useful shop tool. I make mine all UGLY—that way it does NOT bother me to use them!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 06-14-2018 06:27 PM

This is a very nice shop made mallet. Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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bobasaurus

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#6 posted 06-14-2018 08:41 PM

Serious mallet, I like it a lot.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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therealSteveN

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#7 posted 06-15-2018 02:27 AM

Swinging a #5 hammer will wear ya out, but every time you do swing it, you make a certain point. Nice Whammer.

Thanks for posting, and congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 06-15-2018 02:57 AM

Wow, rather large!!! Nice build and will get the job done.

I suggest you name it ”Motivator”

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

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WoodWheeler

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#9 posted 06-15-2018 10:05 AM

Thanks guys. Appreciate the feedback. Yes, i’ll admit i have some small reluctance to really beat it up, but that’s what it’s for and I think a well used (but still cared for/not abused) tool has a greater beauty than a shiny new one!

I’m actually leaning towards naming it; Artifex Somnia – latin for “Builder of Dreams” . Not least because a good hit would certainly put you to sleep haha.

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 06-16-2018 01:56 AM



Thanks guys. Appreciate the feedback. Yes, i ll admit i have some small reluctance to really beat it up, but that s what it s for and I think a well used (but still cared for/not abused) tool has a greater beauty than a shiny new one!

I m actually leaning towards naming it; Artifex Somnia – latin for “Builder of Dreams” . Not least because a good hit would certainly put you to sleep haha.

Cheers, Dom

- WoodWheeler

I can see it now. You being interviewed by a reporter.

“Well that guy tried to steal my car so I grabbed this here hammer and whacked him real good.”

ROFL

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

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