Wooden Mallet

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Project by RGtools posted 02-25-2011 04:22 PM 2816 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this a few years ago. It was my first foray into the use of hand tools. I had no bench, a beat to heck block plane and I used setback saw (from lowes) and what I would definitely now call a dull chisel. The work was not remotely square which required me to do some very careful adjustment on the joints. Somehow it all came together, and I have been tumbling down the slippery-slope of man powered tools ever since. I can’t find the picture of this when it was shiny and new but here a few since then.

There are a lot of things I would do differently. It’s abused, in the way a really rugged tool should be, the walnut might not have been the best species for this in retrospect, I will enjoy using it until it falls apart, because it reminds me how I started.

What set you on your path?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 02-25-2011 04:30 PM

Just a quick tip – if you want that mallet to last even longer, simply run a small chamfer along the edges on the face. It will prevent chipping – something I see is already happening.

Overall this is a very nice mallet!


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#2 posted 02-25-2011 05:17 PM

I love it! A relationship has been developed between you and the mallet. If an when it does fall apart, hang on to it. Keep it close by so that when you look at it you’ll remember how things were when you first began. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 05:35 PM

very nice mallet,, I’ve made 2 over the last several years,,the first was from pecan, it ugly now, beat up, covered in paint. I made a new one from maple, it’s not the hardest wood, but it’s serving its purpose. I don’t remember the last time I used a metal hammer or nail.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#4 posted 02-25-2011 08:16 PM

I see you getting a lot of use out of that great mallet, but I predict that it will out-live all of us!!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#5 posted 02-25-2011 09:57 PM

Nice job you did back then!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 05:34 AM

The chamfer is something I do on mallets I make now (one of those things I mentioned that I would do differently) A bit late on this piece but friends and family have benefited from my mistakes.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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