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Mallet made from scraps

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Just a mallet that I whipped up one weekend in January using scraps leftover from Christmas presents.

The handle and innermost ply are maple. Outer layers are padauk and purpleheart. The handle is joined to the body with a wedged tenon (actually, the maple section in the middle of the mallet head is two pieces, with the inner walls beveled to make a flared mortise for the handle tenon).

This was my first time using the bandsaw to rough shape something like the handle. It’s far from perfect, but is actually quite comfortable in use.

Also, if you’re wondering, that’s a drop of blood on the handle. As I was using a chisel to pare down the wedges of the tenon, the chisel slipped and I cut off the tip of my right thumb. Bled like hell and warranted a trip to the ER, but it’s healed very well. I’ve decided to leave the blood on the handle as a reminder to be extra-careful in the shop.





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TDSpade

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 07:35 AM

Beautiful mallet, anything you bleed on is truly yours.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 01:01 PM

Looks super. You’ll get a great deal of pleasure from using it for many years.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Ryan

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 02:09 PM

Great looking mallet. I too would have left the blood as a good reminder! Nice job.

-- If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 02:11 PM

Very nice looking mallet. A good reminder as well.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 03-11-2012 03:19 PM

Is that a bloodwood handle?

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#6 posted 03-11-2012 04:10 PM

Nice mallet. Sharp chisels are wonderful to work with, most of the time :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 03-11-2012 04:13 PM

that is a really good looking mallet, should give years of use

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Trev_Batstone

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#8 posted 03-11-2012 06:49 PM

That’s a lovely mallet.. despite the blood mark. I cut off the tips of 3 fingers last year in my planer and they grew back, finger nails and all.

-- LIVE, LAUGH, CUT WOOD.

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Kevin

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#9 posted 03-12-2012 12:33 AM

Great mallet, I agree good reminder, accidents can happen to anyone.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#10 posted 03-12-2012 03:57 AM

what did they do for you at the ER?

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#11 posted 03-12-2012 04:08 AM

Like the reminder spot, things can happen so quickly

-- Norman

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#12 posted 03-12-2012 04:42 AM

Nice mallet! Most of my projects have my blood on them somewhere…the problem with using razor sharp tools is that they are…razor sharp…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Gareth00

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#13 posted 03-12-2012 08:49 AM

Your mallet has inspired me to have a try at something similar, as soon as I finish this workbench. I’ll try to leave out the claret highlights.

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GrandpaLen

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#14 posted 03-12-2012 03:09 PM

Great looking Mallet, and some projects just require “blood, sweat & tears” to add that personal touch.
...and that trip to the ‘E.R.’, that’s called “experience”.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#15 posted 03-17-2012 02:44 AM

nice mallet, I made a similar mallet wile ago, I have vever use it, I have it for display only.

carefull with sharp chissels, I’ve some times cut my seld too with my chissels, LOL

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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