My first Mallet

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Project by Chris posted 01-28-2008 06:46 AM 3300 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been wanting a decent mallet for a while. I tried the mallet’s @ woodcraft and found them to be far to light for me.

These mallet’s were constructed as follows:

Head: Glue-lam block of 4/4 Hard Maple & 3/8 Rosewood that I re-sawed from 3/4 stock. It is 5” long x 4” high x 3” thick. The glue-lam block was large enough for thee mallet’s. The striking faces of the mallet have a 5 degree angle to account for the natural angle of your hand / wrist.

Handle: 4/4 Hard Maple 12” long x 1 1/4” wide. I turned the first 4.5” down to 3/4 round and slotted approx 3” of the tenon on the bandsaw. The remainder of the handle was shaped with a block plane and the recess or “grip” area at the bottom I shaped with a sanding drum.

The handle was secured with a glued Padauk wedge and the mallet was finished with a couple of coats of Pure Tung Oil.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 01-28-2008 06:47 AM

Great work. These are fun to make.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 01-28-2008 06:48 AM

That’s one heck of a meat tenderizer you got there. :-)

Looks great. I really like the contrasts.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-28-2008 07:31 AM

Great tool. will come in handy in the shop.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 01-28-2008 07:38 AM

(Chris “I reject your reality and replace it with my own”)- as you should!

Oh, and nice mallets too, of course.


-- Greg, CT

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#5 posted 01-28-2008 02:02 PM

Good work. I made a couple out of oak, and I use them all the time. Nothing like useful projects.

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#6 posted 01-28-2008 02:38 PM

Nice job. We can always go out get a commercially available item which, for most of us, is actually cheaper than the time and material that we invest in it to make it ourselves. But then we lose the satisfaction that comes from the actual design and building process. This satisfaction is priceless.

Thanks for the posting. Keep ‘em coming.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 01-28-2008 03:24 PM

Too purdy to hit anything with!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 01-28-2008 05:27 PM

WOW really nice work.

-- Hope Never fails

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#9 posted 01-29-2008 12:40 AM

Really nice looking mallet.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 01-29-2008 02:10 AM

Great project! Looks good’n’sturdy.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 06-24-2008 04:19 AM

Great job !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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