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Project by ww_bcn posted 07-16-2018 11:38 AM 1287 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In this video I’ll show how I turn a bunch of plastic bottles into a Damascus pattern head HDPE carver’s mallet to be used with my hand tools. It’s a great opportunity for upcycling this type of plastic that we all have around. Processing HDPE is really tedious but the result deserves it. Besides, this material will last you more than any other wooden mallet head. In all previous videos about melting HDPE only show one way, using a kitchen or portable furnace. At this time I was likely to experiment using a tool that is present in most of the workshops: a heat gun. I may take a little longer, but It’s easier to prevent damage to the plastic. During this video I also show how to repair small voids or defects.

I hope you enjoy this project. Leave your comments and questions. I’ll be pleased to answer all of them.

YouTube Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/c/woodworkingbarcelona

More of my stuff here: https://www.instagram.com/woodworkingbarcelona/

Regards from Barcelona!





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hoss12992

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#1 posted 07-16-2018 11:53 AM

Absolutely love it! Great ideal.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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ww_bcn

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#2 posted 07-16-2018 11:56 AM



Absolutely love it! Great ideal.

- hoss12992

Thanks man! I did not have the original idea (I give credit on my video description). This was only my interpretation/approach on HDPE upcycling for a carver’s mallet making, tool that other people has done before me. Best regards and thanks again to come and comment!

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 07-16-2018 12:31 PM

I can only think of 3 things to say

WOW ! WOW ! WOW !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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ww_bcn

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#4 posted 07-16-2018 01:04 PM



I can only think of 3 things to say

WOW ! WOW ! WOW !

- recycle1943

Thanks man!!

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JayT

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#5 posted 07-16-2018 01:15 PM

I actually watched this video on YouTube this weekend and enjoyed it. Didn’t realize you were a fellow Lumberjock.

Love how the mallet turned out, especially the damascus looking aspect of it. Don’t know where I would find HDPE bottles that are two toned like that—almost all bottles here are clear.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 07-16-2018 01:21 PM

This is a wonderful shop made mallet. Nice work!

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

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 07-16-2018 02:00 PM

Cool idea and it looks great. I can see quite a few possibilities for this – pen blanks, knife scales, inlay, other turnings, etc.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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Steve

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#8 posted 07-16-2018 02:13 PM

I saw this video the other day. i was wondering if you could use a crosscut paper shredder to cut up the plastic once it was in sheet form?

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ww_bcn

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#9 posted 07-16-2018 07:25 PM



I actually watched this video on YouTube this weekend and enjoyed it. Didn t realize you were a fellow Lumberjock.

Love how the mallet turned out, especially the damascus looking aspect of it. Don t know where I would find HDPE bottles that are two toned like that—almost all bottles here are clear.

- JayT

Here in my country (Spain) they are really common as milk bottles. Thanks for your positive feedback!


This is a wonderful shop made mallet. Nice work!

- helluvawreck

Thank you man!


Cool idea and it looks great. I can see quite a few possibilities for this – pen blanks, knife scales, inlay, other turnings, etc.

- builtinbkyn

Not my idea (originally) but I decided to make my own version with different approach. Thanks for your comment!


I saw this video the other day. i was wondering if you could use a crosscut paper shredder to cut up the plastic once it was in sheet form?

- Steve

Of course I could use one. That would be very interesting saving me lots of time. Unfortunately I don’t have one and I didn’t feel about spending money just for one mallet.

Regards from barcelona!

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Woodknack

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#10 posted 07-17-2018 12:11 AM

Nice work on the plastic, should have joined our mallet swap.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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