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My Very Own Copy of the Mystery Mallet

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Project by pastorglen posted 03-12-2012 11:36 PM 3880 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first got into woodworking I didn’t have the money to buy a mallet (sad, I know). So I made one out of maple that has served me well. But I always wanted one like this.

Fast forward several years and Popular Woodworking started the buzz on this Mystery Mallet by Roy Underhill. When I got the April 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking, I immediately got to work on the mallet.

The entire thing is made out of Ash – which should help it last a good long time. I stained the head of the mallet with some dark something I had laying around. The entire thing has several coats of tung oil.

The blog is listed here: http://lumberjocks.com/pastorglen/blog/28617 It will give some of what I learned along the way.

Thanks for stopping in and taking a look.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."





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#1 posted 03-12-2012 11:39 PM

Looks great Glen very cool design.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 12:52 AM

I like it; I’m gonna check out your blog now. Great work!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 03-13-2012 12:56 AM

Great job on the mystery mallet. It can’t come apart and worse it can’t go together.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 03-13-2012 01:18 AM

Thanks, all! I can’t wait to use it.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#5 posted 03-13-2012 01:19 AM

That looks great. Now I am going to work on one- like I need more projects!

-- WLG- Experience is what you got when you didn't get what you wanted.

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#6 posted 03-13-2012 02:18 AM

Wow, wonderful job on this! Great stuff!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#7 posted 03-13-2012 03:00 AM

Definitely, keep the fingers clear of this one, nice looking mallet

-- Norman

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#8 posted 03-13-2012 03:15 AM

Great work, Glen. I just may have to pick up the copy of popwood to do this mallet. That ash must be quarter-sawn—it’s beautiful and not what I typically think of ash looking like. Thanks for sharing!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 03-13-2012 10:04 AM

Wow.
You are good and fast.
I have just got my PW issue.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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pastorglen

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#10 posted 03-13-2012 12:20 PM

Thanks, all! I appreciate the feedback. What a great place LJs is.

Brandon W – I agree. I would have called it oak, but I checked with the guy who got the wood for me (he buys and sells timber/limber from stump to shop) and he called it ash. It did not work the same as other oak I’ve used, which tipped me off that it might be something different.

HHHOPKS – I’ve been watching for this issue for a few weeks. So when it came, the project was already primed and ready to go.

A little background, too. I spend time in my shop to clear my head when I’m dealing with some extra stresses with life and my job. I’ve had a string of funerals to conduct over the past several weeks—way more than normal—and time in the shop has been important. Hand work with wood has proven to be good time with God.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#11 posted 03-13-2012 06:31 PM

Ok, I hope I’m not missing something here, but I need to know how you got a tapered sliding dovetail in the mallet head’s side? I see it sliding from the top toward the handle and the grain looks like it’s continuous right through the handle. Did you sandwich/glue the outer faces of the mallet head on to the sides around the dovetail, or is the dovetail wedged then glued to the handle?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#12 posted 03-13-2012 06:41 PM

In this video by Christopher Schwarz, Roy Underhill shows how it goes together.

http://youtu.be/q20lCXP1d0k

-- Chuck, http://woodchucksworkshop.blogspot.com

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#13 posted 03-13-2012 06:43 PM

Glen, that mallet looks very nice.

-- Chuck, http://woodchucksworkshop.blogspot.com

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#14 posted 03-13-2012 07:21 PM

At first, I thought you were saying THAT was your first mallet! I examined the joinery and I was really depressed:) I get it now and this mallet is fantastic.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 03-13-2012 07:46 PM

@ Chuck. Thanks! I just watched the vid but Roy stops short of actually showing the install portion of the handle in to the mallet. I’d really like to learn how to do this if somebody can direct me to a web page or something that explains it all.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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