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Project by Brian Shourd posted 04-26-2011 06:15 PM 1250 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just finished my first mallet. I needed a wooden mallet for my chisels, so I put this one together. It’s made from walnut and maple, and finished with a few coats of boiled linseed oil.

I shaped the handle with a block plane and a rasp, and cut everything else with my new handsaws. It’s assembled with a square tenon and a wedge.

I had a lot of fun making this mallet, it’s my first time hand-cutting a mortise and tenon. Not the best fit, but fortunately I have the wedge to make it work. Practice makes perfect, they say.

Thanks for looking.

-- Brian





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489tad

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#1 posted 04-26-2011 08:26 PM

the mallet looks nice. I did my first not too long ago. it was fun.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 04-26-2011 08:54 PM

Is the head cut at an angle or just looks that way in the picture?

-- Jeff,

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 09:55 PM

Looks Good. The contrasting wood colors you chose really make the tool.

-- Anthony

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Brian Shourd

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 10:09 PM

Jeff,

The head is cut at an angle – it’s actually a pretty severe angle. I tend to hold the hammer very high and swing from the wrist, so I cut the angle to match. I used the idea from http://www.timberframe-tools.com/tools/mallet-head-angle/ to get the angle on it. It seems to work well, despite looking so much more inclined than usual.

-- Brian

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 11:03 PM

That’s a great looking mallet Brian. I like the contrast. It does take a while to get used to the look of the angle. on these … I’ve had people look puzzled at mine, then they try it and it all becomes clear.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 11:59 PM

Interesting design, it makes sense but it also seems to sorta lift the head off the handle as you strike. It also takes the 90° strain off the handle. That’s why I check the projects here everyday to learn new stuff.

-- Jeff,

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Brian Shourd

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#7 posted 04-27-2011 01:00 PM

Hi swirt, thanks for commenting. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, you always seem to have some great ideas. Thanks a bunch for lots of inspiration on many different things.

Jeff, I didn’t even think about the angle changing the physics of the load on the hammer – that could definitely cause some problems if the head isn’t securely attached. I hope it’s on there solid enough to withstand those lifting forces. Time will tell. Thanks for the thoughts.

-- Brian

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#8 posted 04-27-2011 01:41 PM

Nice mallet, Brian. Good work!

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 04-27-2011 05:03 PM

Thanks Brian, glad you are finding some of the stuff that I write is helpful. Jeff is right about there being some force directing the head off the top of the handle. If you made the mortise slightly tapered and the wedge is glued in tight, it should be no problem (plenty of strength).

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#10 posted 04-28-2011 12:03 AM

I made a very similar mallet not too long ago. The wood colors are opposite from mine with the hammer head being oak and the handle rosewood. I too put the faces on mine at a bit of an angle. I don’t think mine is at quite as sharp an angle as yours, but it has to do with the way your arm falls in striking something. Nice looking mallet you have there.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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