|Project by Brandon||posted 10-03-2011 03:55 PM||3085 views||11 times favorited||3 comments|
I recently built a couple of chisel mallets since I thought it would be fun and make me look more stylish while chiseling away at those dovetail joints. ;-)
The larger of the two mallets I built first. The handle is maple and the head is made out of three pieces of jatoba laminated together. For this mallet I basically cut out the handle mortise before gluing together the jatoba. The mortise is larger at the top than at the bottom and so the handle is attached by driving wedges through the top to lock it in place. This thing is huge and I only use it when I need to hit something with a lot of force. Dimensions: overall length = 17 1/2”; handle = 14 1/4”; head width = 2 7/8”; head height = 3 1/4”; head length (front to back) between 6 1/8” and 7 3/8”.
I built the smaller of the two because the first one was too large. ;-) Plus, it gave me the opportunity to make refinements to the style. Here the head is bocote and the handle is jatoba. Instead of laminating three pieces for the head, I used a solid piece of bocote and chiseled out the hole. I attached the handle the same way, but left a section projecting out of the top, mostly because I like the way it looks. I haven’t used this mallet much yet, but I think it’s size is just about right. Dimensions: overall length = 14 1/8”; handle = 10 1/8”; head width = 2 1/4”; head height 3 1/8”; head length (front to back) between 5 1/4” and 5 3/4”.
The sizes may seem a little random but that’s because I didn’t base them on any plan, just went with what looked good to me at the time and what my available stock was.
-- "hold fast to that which is good"