Mallet from Pallet wood

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Project by BigDaddyO posted 12-30-2010 05:34 AM 2810 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of my projects are done with pallet wood as most of what I have been doing is practice stuff. I needed a mallet to help me finish a relief carving that I was doing so I dug through my Pallet wood pile and found the heaviest pieces. I ended up using the pink wood for the handle and the oak for the head. I think the pink wood is a form of eucalyptus but i’m not sure.

I included some before and after shots of the pallet wood in case you’re interested. Half of the pink board was made into the handle. I surfaced then ripped it in half length ways and glued it together to make a somewhat square blank and then used a 1” bench chisel to shape it into a handle that fit my hand.
I used one of the oak boards for the head. Surfaced then cut out three 8” long pieces and glued them around the top of the handle. I then planed everything nice and flat, cut the faces at a 5* angle and put on a coat of BLO and Paste wax.
As always with me, everything was done with hand tools only.


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#1 posted 12-30-2010 06:16 AM

this is lookin good….
I love to work with pallet wood.
Keep in going


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#2 posted 12-30-2010 07:04 AM

Very industrious of you! Looks good, and more importantly, it’s Practical. :) I myself use all pallet wood from the pool and spa store behind my house. Me and the owner have an arrangement. One can find pretty darn good wood every once in a while.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 11:11 AM

That is nice pallet mallet!! What do you do about nails? I see you are only using the thin stuff in your pics. I had some really sense 8/4 runners, but the ends of those twisted nails like to stay in there :-(( I hate ruining good tools! Cheapie tools won’t cut dense hard wood, so…............ it when in the wood stove.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 02:20 PM

That pink stuff looks a lot like some wood one of my boys passed on..pallet, crate wood from a shipment of Brazilian Granite to his shop, I thought it might be a sort of Oak ? Hard stuff and better be planing with the grain and even then lotta tearout The wood i’ve used from that in one case became a couple of door stops for my work, it does turn prety well and takes a good finish as well. (AND ! it withstands big solid core doors on hydraulic closers with minimal scratches ) Gotta love the free stuff especialy when it produces a good product, like the mallet.. Now, what to do with that old Teak chair I only got some parts of…. ;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 02:22 PM

That’s a nice lookin mallet no matter where the wood came from! Feels good to create a working tool no matter what the material source.
Thanks for sharing your work with us.

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 02:59 PM

Such a nice mallet, and then from pallet wood.
Nothing like things made from waste. Pallet wood are a wonderful source.
Best thoughts and happy newyear,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 12-31-2010 01:49 AM

I’ve got several tools made from pallet oak myself. It’s a wonderful way to recycle. Good work.

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