The Pallet Mallet

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Project by DaddyT posted 01-25-2012 10:31 PM 5441 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Heres a mallet I just finished. Made from the pallet in the first pick. The pallet was a mix of oak, pine and maple. You could tell it had been many different pallets pieced back together from broken ones during its life. This was some of the hardest oak I have ever planed in my life. The grains ran ever which a way. Tear out was a constant companion during the build. But, all in all it was fun and I needed a good mallet for my chisels. I covered the faces with some leather I had left over from another project ( cant remember which one ). Used mostly hand tools one this, so that made it even funner, with the exception of the mouse sander. Im very happy with this one. The grains really stand out and add their own character to the mallet. I especially love the maple handle. Dont think the pic done it justice. I have a second one in the works, which is made entirely from the oak from the same pallet. Should have it up tomorrow. Also have some whistles me and my son Elyjah ( who has already posted some of his on here ) have been having fun making. Hope yall like it!

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

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 10:41 PM

Nice wacker. I would like to know how you guys find pallets with hard woods in them. Of course I don’t go noising around much. I have gotten wood that sprinkler pivots are blocked up with when shipped and some of that turned out to something other than softwood.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 10:42 PM

Reclaimed free wood is always a find. Nice tool. Looks comfortable.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 10:51 PM

Nice, and finding an old oak pallet AWESOME!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 01-25-2012 11:48 PM

@ Wolffarmer, I get my pallets from some nice people at a flooring company down the road from my house. Most are pine and poplar, but I’ve got a couple good oak once in the basement waiting to be turned into something. One of them I think Im going to make a nice box or maybe a tool box out of. The oak ones are the pallets they get their tiles on. And I’ve been getting some pallets from another guy who actually refurbishes pallets to resell. Most of those are just pine though. But hey, you cant beat free wood when your a poor man right?

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

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#5 posted 01-26-2012 12:27 AM

Looks like the traveling days are over for that pallet. Nice use of some well seasoned wood. Thanks for sharing

-- Doug

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#6 posted 01-26-2012 01:23 AM

Nice looking mallet.

When I first read the post description I thought cool, someone finally designed and made a tool to easlily dissamble pallets. Alas not. I guess its back to pounding, wrenching, pulling, pushing and bleeding. Dang those things are a pain to take apart! Why exactly do any one pallet have to be assembled with more nails per square inch than a regular framed house is beyond me.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#7 posted 01-26-2012 02:15 AM

Don’t ya just love pallets???? Great job!

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#8 posted 01-26-2012 02:21 AM

Good eye on finding the right pallet. Very nice work on the mallet!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 01-26-2012 02:28 AM

looks sweet! i just came across a bunch of pallets in my neighborhood. ps….they are mine now. gonna build some rustic furniture.

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#10 posted 01-26-2012 03:47 AM

sweet! I love pallet wood but most of the pallets i have seen lately are all soft pine or maple.

-- In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act -George Orwell

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#11 posted 01-26-2012 04:39 AM

Great looking mallet.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 01-26-2012 04:50 AM

if nail heads don’t bother you, a reciprocating saw with a demolition blade makes quick work of disassembling a pallet. The blade will cut through the nails with little effort. Then ,too, the blade will also go through the wood just as easily if you want shorter planks. Hubby bought me a planer for Christmas so now I have to go back to nail pulling if I want to run the longer planks through it. I might try knocking the heads out with a old screw driver and mallet, first, though. I love using “found” wood.

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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#13 posted 01-26-2012 05:10 AM

Nice Mallet, ye’ole woodworking brother!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 01-26-2012 05:21 AM

@Tokolosi, Alas no, no new do it all tool for taking pallets apart. Believe me I would love to build that tool lol.
@Jurathe- I would go that route, but I dont have a reciprocating saw.

Thanks for all the comments guys, I’ve almost got the second one done. Will post it tomorrow along with the whistles me and my son Elyjah have been making. You can see the ones he’s made here:

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

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#15 posted 01-26-2012 05:37 AM

great job!. I’ve used pallet wood myself for many different projects. I’m fortunate to work as a shipping clerk for a large valve manufacturer, so I have access to, and see a lot of pallets , that would other wise be sent to the trash dump.I think it’s over-looked by many wood workers, or deemed “unfit ” for serious projects. Of course a lot of it is, but I’ve discovered some beautiful hardwood that came from a broken pallet. If a person is willing to work around nail holes ,and with short pieces, there are some real gems to be had. Thanks for posting daddy T, cool mallet.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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