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Project by Mark Shymanski posted 02-13-2011 08:02 AM 1739 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a mallet to do some mortising I am doing on a stool project so I thought why not build my own. I blogged about it here http://lumberjocks.com/FatherHooligan/blog/21278. I didn’t really plan this out I just sort of tinkered with bits of red oak left over from the stool project and just went with what felt good. I don’t know how long this will last, but it felt sturdy enough when I tested it this morning.

I had a bit of a problem lining stuff up fast enough when I was gluing it up because the kids were doing a great and fast job of spreading the glue and I was trying to fit it all together and not get covered in glue myself (I learned a better order in which to ask Lauren and Paul to glue stuff up) so the bottom is a bit ugly. I trimmed most of the ugly bits off with the bandsaw and then used my Lee Valley block plane to sort of smooth out the head and chamfer the edges so nothing will splinter when it is struck. It may not be the world’s most beautiful mallet but we had fun making it and it feels real solid when I whack things so I am happy.

Mark

p.s. I have since put on one coat of BLO just to kind of seal it, and I like the smell of it when it goes on :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2





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#1 posted 02-13-2011 08:22 AM

What are the dimensions on it?

I love the through mortise for the handle…

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#2 posted 02-13-2011 08:26 AM

I’m not really sure…maybe about 18 cm by 7 or 8 deep, the handle is maybe 30 to 32 cm long, it is about 5 or 6 hundred grams. Its in the shop now, I should measure it tomorrow and update the project with those numbers, good question thanks!

I hope the mortise will survive the whacking this tool will get. I just used general purpose wood glue so I guess I will find out how well it holds up ;-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 02-13-2011 10:29 AM

Oh oh, you’ve gone and done it now. The first step down the slippery slope that is making one’s own tools. It all starts with a mallet, then there’s the marking guage and after that a wooden body plane. Before you know it, you’re hooked!

(grin)

Nice job, buddy.

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#4 posted 02-13-2011 04:49 PM

interesting

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#5 posted 02-13-2011 04:55 PM

Nice work I made some a while back as well… Looks great and very solid!

Thx for sharing.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/30361

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#6 posted 02-13-2011 05:34 PM

Mark: A great looking Mallet. Nice job

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#7 posted 02-13-2011 05:37 PM

Mark,

Nice Mallet!! Do you prefer this type over a “round” type?

Lew

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#8 posted 02-13-2011 09:30 PM

Well Lew I might like to try a round one some day, but a squareish one was just easier to make. Ken, I think I may have looked at yours a while ago…I may angle the faces of my mallet, but I thought I’d try it square and see how that works…I think I am also going to cut the handle down I’m just not sure by how much yet.

Yeah, Big Tiny, I can feel the pull of making my own handplanes :-0 and it doesn’t help looking at all the blogs, projects and videos here about people making their own. I have to be in Wpg on Friday I may just swing by LV to check out their replacement plane blades…I can feel the slope getting a little more slippery!

Thanks Karson, I have a ways to go on the looks department (the mallet not me…well okay me to but that’s not what we’re talking about here LOL)! I kinda messed up the squareness when I glued it up, but I figure a few strokes with my shoulder plane should improve its looks….it works now so I don’t know how much more I’ll fiddle with it other than angling the faces.

Thanks for checking it out Steli.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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