Now *this* is a mallet

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Project by daltxguy posted 01-10-2012 12:10 PM 3435 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

No finish.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 12:19 PM

thats pretty cool…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 03:39 PM

Nice! It should do the job.

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 03:43 PM

Great to see some good green woodworking Steve. Nice work, and I’m looking forward to the timber frame build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 03:45 PM

Sweet! That’s a mallet any man would be proud to swing. If you get the chance, would you mind posting pics of it in use? It would so cool to see that beast drive a pin into a mortise and tennon joint.

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

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 03:49 PM

Very Burly indeed. Any plans for it’s next use?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 01-10-2012 03:55 PM

Do you call it “Truman”?

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 01-10-2012 04:33 PM

Get a bigger hammer ,and you did. Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 01-10-2012 06:56 PM

Sweet mallet. I think you’ll need to get a giant mortising chisel to accompany it. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 01-10-2012 07:29 PM

The prefered tool for timber framing-cause it is a “dead blow”-there is no recoil/bounce.DAMHIKT

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#10 posted 01-10-2012 08:55 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 01-10-2012 09:04 PM

Nice one! The ergonomic curve to the handle gives it a jaunty look. No doubt you spent many hours at the computer modeling just the right angle between the face of the mallet and the section of the handle where you grip it.

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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#12 posted 01-10-2012 09:52 PM

That looks like more of a log at the end of another log. What does that thing weigh?


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#13 posted 01-10-2012 10:52 PM

I weigh 130 lbs, I would have to drag that thing.

-- David, Center,Texas

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#14 posted 01-11-2012 12:06 AM

My kind-a mallet, nice. Hey saw your other projects that soap dish is nice too.

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#15 posted 01-11-2012 01:53 AM

Very nice Mallet indeed!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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