|Project by nfang||posted 09-08-2011 09:27 AM||2279 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
I got into woodworking about a month ago when I bought a dazuki saw and some chisels. Since then, I’ve made a couple of dovetail joints and some mortise and tenon joints. Those joints were made using a rubber mallet so I figured that my first real wood project should be a mallet that I can use with my chisels.
From the suggestion of one of the fine people at Wood Craft, I decided to make the mallet out of maple. I found a piece of 1/2”x3”x2’ piece at Wood Craft for pretty cheap. After playing around with the design some, I decided to cut the maple into three 5” pieces and stack them to make the mallet. I also decided that only three 1/3” pieces wouldn’t be thick enough for a mallet so I grabbed a 1/4” piece of dark wood that happen to be Indian Laurel.
I sawed the Laurel into 5” pieces as well and glued them in an alternating fashion, leaving a tapered hole in the middle to slide the handle in. I sawed a couple of kerfs in the top of the handle and sawed some wedges to keep the handle in place. Cutting the wedges was the hardest part of this project for me. I now realize how important having well cut wedges are and you can see on the top of my mallet how “even” I was able to cut them by hand.
After gluing everything together, I sawed off the excess on top and sawed a slight angle onto both sides. Gave it a quick sanding, sprayed on a couple of layers of shellac and now you see the finished product. I still need to practice my sawing a lot more. You can tell it’s not completely even on all sides. All in all though, I think it was a successful first project.