My Wooden Mallet

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Project by Gustav posted 02-01-2008 03:51 AM 1359 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is not an example of fine woodworking or craftsmanship. but it is my favorite tool and the one project I love the most.

I was sitting around reminiscing about my childhood and remembered this old planer my uncle had and how that was his favorite tool. This was not really a good looking tool, basically just a rectangle hunk of wood with what appeared to be a hand carved door knob attached. It was made by his father and when his father passed on, that was all he got and all he wanted. Whenever he would pull it out he would tell about how his brothers and sisters thought he was crazy for only wanting the planer, but with a sense of pride in his voice he always said he got the best of what his father owned, it always planed true.

I knew I needed a good wooden mallet, so I went out back to the woods and cut the handle and the head from some fallen trees. It was made with a hand saw, a pocket knife, a hand drill and some sandpaper. It has no finish on it and a wood wedge to keep the head attached to the handle. There was no glue used so it would be wise to duck and cover when I get to swinging it around. It’s original intent was only to persuade two pieces of wood they belonged together, but we use it for everything from cracking open nuts to putting together exercise equipment.

I wanted to post something so I could vote in the 2×4 and box contest and this is my proudest work. I don’t really consider myself a woodworker, but more an artist. I take beautiful pieces of wood and and turn them into kindling and saw dust.

-- I can build us one.

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#1 posted 02-01-2008 04:08 AM

what kind of wood is it Gustav?

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#2 posted 02-01-2008 04:22 AM

I’m afraid I can’t say. A hard maple I would guess.

-- I can build us one.

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#3 posted 02-01-2008 04:58 AM

Nice story. Makes me want to go into the shop and make one.
Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 02-01-2008 05:07 AM

Hey, there is something special about taking a project all the way from the forest to the workbench.

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

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#5 posted 02-01-2008 05:51 AM

good posting. nice mallet. i want to make one too !

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#6 posted 02-01-2008 09:02 AM

Now that is a mallet.

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

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#7 posted 02-01-2008 09:06 AM

Nice story and mallet. If you think that it’s your best project and are proud of it – that is all that matters.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 02-01-2008 12:12 PM

Nice mallet.

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#9 posted 02-01-2008 12:13 PM

Thanks for posting this.

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#10 posted 02-01-2008 04:21 PM

Nice story.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#11 posted 02-12-2008 01:55 AM

Some of the most simplest tools are the most useful tools in the shop.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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