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Here is my latest little project. A mallet made from Matai.

Here is how it was made

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#1 posted 01-24-2012 11:55 AM

Thanx for that, cool… pretty simple… i think… I must give ago… :-)

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

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#2 posted 01-24-2012 12:25 PM

Great ! I’ve been thinking to make a mallet from a piece of ash I’ve got lying around.

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#3 posted 01-24-2012 01:15 PM

Great mallet and a great video. Good job.

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

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#4 posted 01-24-2012 02:08 PM

Thanks for the inspiration! Next build for me.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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T. D. Reid

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#5 posted 01-24-2012 02:12 PM

Great job sir! Looks better than the one you buy in the store.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#6 posted 01-24-2012 02:35 PM

Great looking mallet.
Thanks for the vid. I just subscribed to your youtube account. I’ll watch your other stuff later today

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#7 posted 01-24-2012 07:02 PM


Checked out the video. Looks like a tight work space ? :) You make it look simple! Nice interaction between your hand tools and the big boys. The 16 inch planer looks like a professional beast! I’m envious, and I have a long way to go.

Humor works for me, and I like the background noise.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 01-24-2012 07:19 PM

Great mallet project.
Awesome video!


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Tim Dahn

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#9 posted 01-25-2012 02:38 AM

Wow, I have never seen anyone rip a board half way on a table saw then pull it back…. nice mallet anyway.

Matai did not show up on a quick google search, is it a local New Zealand wood?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#10 posted 01-25-2012 05:11 AM

Hey Tim, It isn’t something you want to do should the timber start to tighten around the riving knife (a lot of guys don’t bother with riving knives. They are life savers as far as I am concerned)
I demonstrated this method because there are many times where having hands near the blade just isn’t necessary. The important thing to is not to jamb the saw on the return.
If ripping and the timber shows the slightest tendency to close up, I will pull it back and re enter the cut until it passes the riving knife with ease.

Hope you were not too alarmed.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#11 posted 01-25-2012 05:17 AM

Nicely done a good looking mallet

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 01-25-2012 05:23 AM

Great video. This is something that has been on my to-do list for a while. I’ll be giving this a go this weekend or next.


-- If your not having fun you're doing it wrong.

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#13 posted 01-25-2012 07:10 AM

Great lookin’ mallet and thanks for the video. Just the thing I needed to get this project started in my shop.

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#14 posted 01-28-2012 05:00 AM

Great use of scraps, nice project. Thanks!

-- Bob A in NJ

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