A Five-wood-scrap Mallet

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Project by Bricofleur posted 06-12-2012 02:30 PM 10969 views 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a long time I’ve been thinking about making myself a wooden mallet. After letting the idea simmer for a while, I came up with a design that is easy, simple and very effective. No boring, no turning, no mortising.

The secret of its simplicity and its roughness is in the slightly tapered handle.

I hope you like the design.

Watch the making on this page of my blog.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 02:33 PM

thanks Serge i need one too.going to go with this one.

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 05:01 PM

Hello Serge

This a nice wood mallet

I like the design and the simplicity of the construction

Another project for me for the future

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 11:17 PM

I like it, great job. Thanks for sharing!

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 11:47 PM

A very nice and handy-dandy mallet. Gotta have some sort of mallet in the shop.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 06-12-2012 11:57 PM

I should have done mine this way, with the 5 scraps. Instead I did mine the hard way. I laminated 4 layers of white oak and then cut a mortise down through the head. Would have been much easier to do it this way. Nice mallet. Happy woodworking to you.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#6 posted 06-13-2012 12:26 PM

So simple and easy. I’m heading to the shop to get started on one. Thanks Bricofleur!!!

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#7 posted 06-13-2012 01:51 PM

Good project, I could use a mallet like this! Question: in the fourth picture, the one of the glue-up, what is the brand of the gray/black bottom clamp? It doesn’t look like a JET.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#8 posted 06-13-2012 02:11 PM

Thank you all for your comments. As mentioned, this is one quick and easy way to make a great wooden mallet.

@lab7654: The clamp you’re talking about is made by Bessey for a large local tool and wood retailer. Busy Bee Tools used to sell the same clamps under their Craftex brand. The red ones on the picture are genuine Bessey clamps.

@planeBill: On a positive point of view, you practiced digging a mortise while making your mallet.



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#9 posted 06-19-2012 03:43 PM

Really nice, and really clever.
All wood and glue.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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