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Project by racerglen posted 10-24-2011 03:24 PM 2172 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspiered by Disney’s Dumbo cartoon, the wooden mauls, the circus roustabouts used to drive the pegs for the bigtop.
It’s spalted birch with a commercial 36” sledge hammer handle. the head’s 5 3/4” diameter, 9 1/2” tall and bound with the metal strapping from lifts of lumber.
Even though the wood had been cureing in my neighbour’s firewood pile for years it still shrank after I’d turned it, creating some cracks and loosening of the bands..one of these days… The “little” guy is for scale, made it for my mom’s leather working from scraps in my junior high woodworking shop.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada





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#1 posted 10-24-2011 03:41 PM

Nice.

How heavy is that thing? Looks like it would be a workout.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 03:46 PM

Y’know I’ve never weighed it, but it’s suprizingly light given it’s size.
I have an eight pound sledge that “feels” lighter..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 10-24-2011 03:48 PM

I need two.

One to hang on to when they take the other one I’d be carrying around the NYC subway system with me at all times.

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#4 posted 10-24-2011 04:25 PM

What a mallet!
Now I will await you post a picture of the matching chisel…
Big smile,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 10-24-2011 04:41 PM

Mads, I can do that !..
after I get home ..

:-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 10-24-2011 07:00 PM

;-)

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 10-24-2011 09:47 PM

That’s outstanding! My father said there was a saying in the old Army Air Corps, “Don’t force it, use a bigger hammer.”

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#8 posted 10-24-2011 09:51 PM

That mallet flattens mere mallets.

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

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#9 posted 10-24-2011 10:35 PM

Looks more like a Sledg-O-Matic to me.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 10-24-2011 11:27 PM

OOH NO my rubbermallet is enoff to scare my head …. :-)

take care
Dennis

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#11 posted 10-25-2011 07:06 AM

Great honking mallet!! What will it be used for??
Love the mental image from Dumbo of those guys putting up the tents with the elephants pulling on the ropes in the driving rain. Have to watch Dumbo again with the kids this weekend.
Scott

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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racerglen

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#12 posted 10-25-2011 01:07 PM

Realy Scott it’s an ornament although I have tuned in some fence posts with it..
Mads wondered about a chisel..

The big one, and yes, I know there are bigger..is a Canadian Classic, 2” blade, the handle was a branch from a neighbours Mountain Ash. the gouge is a 2” Buck Brothers and the corner chisel was made for me by a retired farmere from a section of bed rail1 and a half inch sides. I added the Walnut “infil”
(and answering another thread..theres a perfect use for the boxwood rule ! ;-}
But I do seem to have a “thing” about large tools..


;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#13 posted 10-25-2011 01:11 PM

Hammer time :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#14 posted 10-25-2011 01:46 PM

Glen, I believe that they call those Commanders and that ones a beaut or should I say brute. They are use in log and in post and beam construction to persuade beams and such into position.

http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/8-1_2-lbs-Commander/productinfo/171-7095/

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#15 posted 10-25-2011 01:56 PM

Bob I’d forgotten about the Commander !
Although I can’t see selling mine for that amount !

;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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