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Project by PflugervilleSteve posted 01-15-2011 01:11 AM 2550 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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Denappy

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 01:18 AM

That is one nice and hefty mallet; I’m sure it will gently coax those joints together! Very nice work!

-- -=Den

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 02:35 AM

Nice and solid no doubt! Should be fun to use.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 03:36 AM

Frank is a great instructor!

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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ugoboy

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 07:40 AM

Had lunch with Steve today and saw first hand this hefty mallet. Its a beauty. And I Ditto Tony’s comment. We had a hand plane show put on by Lie Nielsen at Fine Lumber in Austin last weekend. I was asking Frank about his trip to Alaska and he said he and his wife had a wonderful time. He said those vises you guys built were pretty awesome. Oh he did mention those boxes came out pretty good as well!!

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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