thor's hammer needs a little work

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Project by oweno posted 06-05-2012 02:55 PM 1493 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first mallet based on the latest issue of woodcraft magazine’s plan. I got too excited and ended up putting the tenon in the wrong direction. Oh well, it works great. I cut one head at the suggested 5 deg and the other at 2 deg based on some suggestions here. Can’t decide which I like better.

The woods are: Handle – Ash, Head – curly maple sandwiched between bubinga, pin – oak, wedge – wenge.

Thanks all for being a great community.


edit: added a couple pics showing assembly. Tenon is wedged on the top and pinned through the side.

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#1 posted 06-05-2012 03:31 PM

I have made mistakes in the same way more times than I’m willing to admit Owen, so don’t feel too bad. The mallet looks great. I have one that was made according to a plan the ‘right way’ and after a few years it is falling apart. So there’s a good chance that your’s will last forever. This type of mallet is a great tool to bang your chisels with. Have fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-05-2012 05:16 PM

It doesn’t need a little work, it needs to be put to work. That’s a nice mallet and may it
serve you well for years, good job.

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#3 posted 06-06-2012 02:43 AM

That’s an awesome looking mallet. I really need to make one of those. I’ll have to find the latest issue of woodcraft and check out that plan.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#4 posted 06-06-2012 02:48 PM

thanks for the comments!

yeah Richard, I would definitely recommend this mallet. It’s big and heavy. I finally used the mallet to clean up a drilled mortise with my chisels. This is a great weight for me. It took practically no effort aside from lifting and dropping the head of the mallet to take out the corners of the mortise.

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#5 posted 06-06-2012 03:16 PM

Well, you sure have made yourself a nice tool. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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