|Project by daltxguy||posted 01-10-2012 12:10 PM||2902 views||3 times favorited||22 comments|
Or a commander or a beetle
Direct from the woods to a working tool. The head is NZ Red Beech, heavy, hard and weather resistant. The handle is NZ Silver Beech, which is not so weather resistant but very shock resistant and perfect for handles.
The tree was downed by mother nature. The head of the mallet is 6” (150mm) diameter by about 10” (250mm) piece of the limb of the tree which was 75’ ( 25m) off of the ground originally.
The mortise first drilled with a hand brace with a 1” bit, then chopped square with mortising chisel ( using a smaller mallet).
The handle was air dried for a couple of months before shaping. The handle was hand drawknifed to a 1” square to fit, then glued in place and wedged on the end. The edges of the mallet are pared to prevent splitting. In a perfect world, I would have fitted steel bands but when it wears out, I’ll build another.
The mallet will be used for an upcoming timber frame build.
-- If you can't joint it, bead it!