1 Piece Wooden Mallet

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Project by grovemadman posted 04-17-2008 03:52 AM 1580 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a no brainer… the hardest part was turning the wood without a lathe. I used a belt sander and coarse sanding belt instead! It seems a little too light so I may drill a hole it the end and add some split shot lead and glue a cap in it. Its made to be disposable. I made it from a chunk of 4×4 post I had laying around. I roughed it out with a camping hatchet and brought it close with a chisel. The rest is belt sander and hand sanding. It took about 40 minutes to an hour to make. I might throw a coat of tongue oil or linseed oil on it just to keef any splinters at bay…

-- --Chuck

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 05:02 AM

Nice looking mallet, Chuck!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-17-2008 10:51 AM

I would’nt add weight to it. These type mallets are great for soft touch chiseling. I mean when your down to something where you don’t need a heavy hand. I have about 3 of them, that are not heavy at all and I use them often when I need a light touch. Nice job though. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 01:32 PM

Nice work Chuck. I’ve seen both types, weighted and non weighted. I know a couple of carvers who use both for differing situations.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 01:42 PM

looks good…

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 07:05 PM

Yeah, I might make another one with some weight in it then I can have a heavy one and the soft one for when applicable.
thanks guys!

-- --Chuck

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#6 posted 04-18-2008 03:54 AM


This is an innovative approach to the construction effort. Instead of using a lack of a lathe as an obstacle you looked for a work around and found it.

This is a nice mallet too.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 04-19-2008 07:23 PM

Very nice piece. I appreciate your use of belt sander. It can be used for light jobs.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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