|Project by PflugervilleSteve||posted 01-15-2011 01:11 AM||3007 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Mesquite Joiner’s mallet. 11 1/4” from bottom of handle to top of mallet. Head is ~7” x 3” x 3”. Both striking faces are beveled at 3 degrees. One face has some leather to help prevent marks when I’m coaxing a tight fit. Weight is about 3 pounds (mesquite is DENSE).
I started with a single rough sawn piece of 4/4 mesquite (bark and all). Band saw and table saw were used for roughing out initial dimensions. I surfaced and thickness planed with hand planes. Hand saws were used for trimming waste. A card scraper was needed to deal with some tear out caused by to squirrelly grain.
Finish is four coats of 2lb super blond shellac.
I decided to make this last night because I took a dovetail making course from Frank Strazza at the Center for Essential Education up near Waco, Texas last year. I learned a lot about hand tools and am using them more and more in my shop. I didn’t have a mallet and had just been using whatever “it’s about the right length and heft” chunks of mesquite or oak happened to be lying around when I was practicing cutting dovetails.