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Wooden Mallet from Firewood, Simple, Easy, Cheap, Works great

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Project by Mauricio posted 05-27-2011 05:15 PM 2488 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When you fist start out woodworking you realize that there is a crap load of stuff you need. It.s a million things that all cost about $30. I needed a mallet and didnt want to pay a lot of money for one. I was looking into making one and I found a picture of a carving mallet from Vietnam (I think). Simple and looks pretty neat.

I made this one out of a piece of Oak firewood. I just roughted it out wiht my machete then flattened the sides with my jointer plane. Smotted out the edges and applied some BLO. Works great and didnt really cost me anything.

I thought this would be good food for thought for you fellow mizers out there.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch





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Bertha

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 05:22 PM

Shop made tools are the best. Out of firewood even better!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 05-27-2011 05:44 PM

I’m in the same boat. I just started and I’m discovering that there are a lot of “hidden costs” to woodworking. A mallet is something I was contemplating making and your design sure gets the job done simply and cheaply.

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#3 posted 05-27-2011 05:47 PM

I turned this mallet on a mini lathe from a piece of walnut firewood. The one I wanted was $60, one of thirty things I needed that cost $60.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 05-27-2011 05:52 PM

love it.

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 07:07 PM

Nice Mallet Bertha. I dont have a lathe yet so all my stuff is square. My next big tool is going to be a band saw so I can break out of the square box.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 05-27-2011 07:11 PM

Thanks Mauricio! What kind of bandsaw are you looking for? Everyone’s sick of seeing this picture but I just got a vintage Rockwell 20” bandsaw that I’m not tired of looking at! At 990lbs, it wasn’t fun to move but it’s a dream to use. I, personally, would recommend a vintage saw to anyone in the market.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 05-27-2011 08:45 PM

I am not sick of seeing this picture I nearly bought one very similar in appearance it was for cutting metal but an old pal talked me out of it.Moral of the story never listen to your elders Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 05-27-2011 11:31 PM

I’m looking at something like a Grizzly 14” Ultimate or something along those lines. I’m all about used tools. I’ll keep my eyes open for a vintage tool. I figure, with my budget even if I get a new one I’m going to have to learn to toon it up correctly. I think used is the way to go.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 05-27-2011 11:32 PM

Thats a bad aas saw by the way. I would never guess it was vintage. Looks new.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 05-28-2011 06:39 AM

Keep improvising and innovating
that is the fun part of woodworking
new and expensiv is not the answer
pick up stuff at sales and tune them up
i just got a 13” drill press for $175.00 and it is now a 21” which would cost a lot more

I also rebuild a old craftsman table saw which i picked up cheap and turned it into great saw for very little money
keep on building and rebuilding and you will get there
yes the planer looks new but it is a refurb for $ 200.00
I got a good buy and a good planer
kiefer

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#11 posted 05-28-2011 04:31 PM

You just can’t get any more simple than that. Why do we make things so complicated? Really cool.

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

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#12 posted 05-28-2011 05:32 PM

Those vietnamese guys dont evne taper it in some of the pics I’ve seen and they do some amazing carving. Its just a rectangluar piece of wood.

Thanks for all the comments.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 10-07-2011 05:08 AM

Have been looking at a lot of different ideas for a mallet. This is a great idea for a quick and inexpensive one. I save some of the hedge fire wood from my old wood stove I’m thinking it would work really well for this. Thanks for the pics.

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#14 posted 04-17-2012 07:40 PM

Sometimes when I look at my wife…...I think about this club, uh, I mean mallet.

-- I love Jeeps

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#15 posted 01-14-2014 05:26 AM

Jeez that is one cool mallet. I am going to make one of those for sure. Made this one around 15 years ago it has carved wood, adjusted plane blades and changed motorcycle motor parts but alas it is time to make something new and I think a square Vietnamese mallet is the one for me. Thanks.

-- Perfectly Imperfect. Thats my style!

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