Cat Whacker...errr...Wooden Mallet

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Project by terryR posted 10-08-2012 04:28 PM 3338 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone…it’s been a long time since I’ve had a completed project to share…unless you want to see the 5 acres of fencing I’ve worked on this summer.

…which I seriously doubt… :)

You guys can blame the appearance of this cherry piece on the new Mallets of your Dream thread…after enjoying a few lovely whackers on the thread, I realized I don’t even own a real mallet. I’ve been using a stick of walnut from the firewood pile for so long, I’ve just become used to the sorry performance. The shame!

So, I carved this guy out this past weekend from a chunk of 16/4 cherry that has been drying in the shop for too long! I used both power and hand tools in the creation…finish is simply BLO.

Overall length is 11.5”; weight is 15oz.

Blog is here.

Any ideas and comments are welcomed…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 05:12 PM

Gotta be careful what you say now days. PETA will be after you :-)

I don’t have an official one either. Well done.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 05:14 PM

Great job! I’m still amazed that you carved that beast out of one solid chunk!

-- Jason K

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 05:21 PM

Monte’s right, but suffice it to say that we are not all cat lovers . . . Still a handsome mallet. Looks like a nice (Auriou ?) rasp in the last photo too.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 05:33 PM

“Cat Whacker…errr”.......I can see it happening on Looney Tunes : ) LOL

Very well done !

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 05:47 PM

Beautiful mallet Terry. I have a few sizable chunks of cherry left over from my bench. Hmmmm.

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#6 posted 10-08-2012 05:48 PM

Cool design and it looks super ,great job.

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 07:38 PM


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#8 posted 10-08-2012 11:01 PM

very nice, i gotta make one, i’m always grabbing a board to use as a mallet

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 10-08-2012 11:43 PM

nice job i would like too see the fence job too may be a movie of the fence would be best to show how big it really is

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#10 posted 10-09-2012 01:51 PM


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#11 posted 10-10-2012 01:38 PM

Thanks for the kind works, everyone, really the wife and I are cat lovers, so no chance they’ll be malleted…

Dude, my friend, you wanna see the fence? OK, here’s a long shot…the small blue dot in the distance is my F-250 with big off road tires:

and another shot with our mountain of hardwood in the background:

After clearing the land needed, I dug in just shy of 200 poles…mostly by hand! No kidding! We have a 1/2 acre quarantine pen, and a larger pen of about 4.5 acres. The square fencing PLUS the barbed wire at ground level total nearly 4500 feet…all hand tools there! Both pens meet at our old barn which I’m still re-building to suit our needs…I think I’ll be able to say that for years to come!

...but lucky for me…I saved thousands of $$$ by doing the labor myself, so the wife didn’t even blink when I dropped a grand on exotic wood yesterday! no kidding! heck, I need to post a photo of all that wood in the front seat of my truck :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#12 posted 10-10-2012 02:00 PM

helluva nice man hammer Terry. And the fence … whoa … props for not farming that one out.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#13 posted 10-10-2012 02:14 PM

Mallet looks awesome Terry, you have my sincerest sympathies on the fence, LOL.

I would love to see a pic of your exotic wood score…..seems like with a grand you’d have more than just the front seat filled?? Or is it that exotic?

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#14 posted 10-10-2012 02:28 PM

Lucas, I have a pretty huge front seat…and the wood IS that exotic…Bolivian Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood, Wenge, Bloodwood, Cocobolo, Ziricote, Sapele, Makore…will post a photo later today. (I gotta buy guinea feed asap :)

and I earned it the hard way. work. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#15 posted 12-24-2012 01:54 PM

Great mallet.

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