Walnut Mallet

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Project by shredkeenan posted 01-16-2012 12:42 AM 3316 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now this was a fun project! You can’t help but feel like Thor when you hold one of these in your hand. The design is based off the plans available at I plan on putting some leather on the striking faces.

Size: 5” x 3.5” x 2.25” head with 14” handle
Wood: Walnut
Finish: BLO

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 12:53 AM

nice mallet. Why put leather on the face? Are you planning on using this for some thing other than chisel use?

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 01:23 AM

Looks great I’m glad you had fun building it.

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 01:25 AM

A fine lookin’ mallet. You gave me an idea on the leather. I am gonna put it on one end of mine. Thanks. Ain’t nothing like a good home-made tool.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 02:23 AM

Now that I think about it I will probably only put leather on one face. That will be the side I use for hitting wooden parts during assembly or disassembly. The bare wooden face will be used for chisels.

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 02:33 AM

Very nice looking. I’m sure it packs a whollap!

-- --bch

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 07:30 AM

Nice I have a chunk of walnut in the shop I’ve been holding for this. Better now cause I just got a new set of chisels for Xmas!

-- Brian

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 11:52 AM

Thor would be jealous. Nice work.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 03:13 PM

Very nice. There’s something about a mallet that just makes you want to pound on something. With a fine mallet like that you’ll be pounding away for years. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 01-22-2012 09:39 PM

I’m pretty new to woodworking and dont’ understand many of the concepts yet. I’m assuming the hole in the head of the mallet is tapered so that the handle is sort of wedged in place? If so what is the best way to achieve a tapered square hole in the head of the mallet? What tools are necessary to do this project?


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#10 posted 01-22-2012 11:21 PM

The head of the mallet is glued up from 4 pieces, so you’re not removing stock to make the hole (that would be a pain in the butt!) The tools I used for this project were a table saw, band saw, and router table (not counting the jointer and planer to dimension the lumber).

The first thing I did was to cut the handle with the taper on the band saw, and then sand to get the faces nice and smooth. Then I positioned the handle where I wanted it against one of the mallet head sides and glued on the two middle pieces on either side of it – this way you’re sure to get a tight fit. Once clamped, the handle can be removed. After that was dry, I glued on the other side, shaped the head of the mallet and mount on the handle.

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