My Wife's Mallet

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Project by RGtools posted 734 days ago 1430 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While waiting for the glue to dry on the table top for the class I had a few hours to kill in my shop. While trying to think of a quick project to pass the time, my wife came in and stole my mallet to pound in some garden stakes.

This is a very quick and sturdy design. I started with two blocks of walnut and a tapered piece of beech. I clamped the walnut together after roughly squaring it and drilled holes for two drawbore pins to hold the pieces together while laying out the joint. I used a pencil to lay out the joints and it has a gap here and there but is still quite strong. I used a saw and chisel to waste out the two dados that become this mortise for the handle and glued the works together with the pins to serve as guide dowels. I shaped the handle with a spoke shave and it is favored for my lefty wife.

Once the head was dry, I took the pins out and worked the handle in has far as it could go…then I used the holes to make my marks and drilled offset towards the top of the handle. With the pins driven in the wedge is pulled as tight as it ever need be…not glue, just some engineering.

Only trouble is….my wife’s mallet is nicer than mine.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 734 days ago

Beautifully done Ryan. What did you use to shape your chamfers? They look impeccable.

Only fitting that the wife gets the more refined mallet. :)

Thanks for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 734 days ago

I’d rasp a little more (off of the top) until the grip of the handle is comfortable to hold. I like the way the handle is tapered. If the wood was handy, I might shape 3 handles and sand and finish the one I liked best.

Bill Whig

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#3 posted 734 days ago

Nice little project Ryan. Are you going to put any kind of finish on it?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#4 posted 734 days ago

Tony, I did the chamfers with my wooden scrub plane if my memory serves. The high angle of that tool leaves a pretty decent surface even on a heavy cut.

Thanks Bill. I kept bringing the handle back to my wife to comment on for comfort. She likes it….though it feels weird in my right hand.

Andy, no finish. I thought about BLO or Walnut oil for some protection, but I think the raw wood should hold up OK.

Not feeling great today. I think I might post a few of the projects that I have finished but never got on LJ’s.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#5 posted 734 days ago

Fine mallet for the wife.
She is happy – you have your own mallet in peace – you are happy.
What more can we ask for?
I think it is called love.
You are a good man RG.
Best thoughts,

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

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Don W

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#6 posted 734 days ago

Nice job Ryan. Just a note, the wife’s mallet should be the nicest.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 734 days ago

Ryan, that is a very well done mallet!. Don’t get cross with her, that mallet will produce some very big knots on one’s head!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 734 days ago

Looks good. I should get around to making one of these sometime…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#9 posted 732 days ago

Mad’s thanks again for the simple way you word things. You leave out the uneeded and make me smile each time.

Don, you are right. Hers should be the pretty one.

Jim, She has let me know I am to behave, But my attitude does require the occasional adjustment. I guess it’s good to give her the tools for that.

Chris. 3 hours if that….worth the time.

One tip, offset the top hole a bit more than the bottom one. Drive the bottom one in first. Both pins will serve to draw the handle progressivly more tight. Use a flexible wood (I used poplar).

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#10 posted 731 days ago

I missed this project earlier, Sweet mallet. I like your simple construction method. Nice work.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 700 days ago

Don’t know where I was a month ago; missed this one too. Looks easy on the hands, and is easy on the eyes.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#12 posted 699 days ago

^thank you sir. I need to make another that fits my hands since my mallet is starting to give up the ghost.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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