|Project by Seeharlez||posted 11-26-2010 10:14 AM||1544 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
Well I bought those nice Narex Mortising chisels that Lee Valley has on sale and figured it would be good to have something to hit them with…so I got some scrap wood and made myself a mallet! It’s made from a couple different pieces of oak and some black walnut (you may notice a striking resemblance to the bracelet I posted recently – same boards were used). Why left-handed you ask? well when I started making the handle I wanted it to fit my hand comfortably so I started removing material wherever I felt a high spot and after a while it sort of evolved into this half twisted shape at the top. My thumb and index finger register into thos spiral grooves regardless of which direction the mallet is facing. It’s like that because I wanted it to still feel comfortable when using either face of the mallet so the grip fits both ways. Being left handed didn’t really occur to me until someone else held it and pointed out it wasn’t quite so contoured to their hand – but who cares, I’m the one who will be using it 99.999% of the time!
The striking faces are tapered toward the end of the handle to square the striking face to the object being struck. it might be a bit steep but should work fine. This is my first attemp at anything like this and my first try at a wedged mortise and tenon. It cam out pretty good but I definitely learned a few things to do differently the next time. It would be easy to modify in the future as the finish is just danish oil (so easy to apply, refurbish and repair!). I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Now I just have to get the nerve up to start beating in those pretty polished faces!!!
Thanks for looking,
-- Greg - Vancouver, BC