Bubinga and Red Oak Mallet

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Project by treaterryan posted 11-16-2012 01:13 PM 2074 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Built this mallet last night, pulling some inspiration from the Mallet of your dreams thread.

The head is made from laminated bubinga scraps and the handle is from a piece of red oak I had laying around. Took me about 2 hours to make this. I just picked up a rasp last week at Grizzly in Muncy, PA, so I tried using that to round out the handle, turns out it is not as easy as I thought it would be. I tore out some fairly large fibers while working with it, but nothing I couldn’t fix with a ton of sanding. I had also picked up and restored a #60 1/2 LA block plane at a flea market a while back and wanted to try that for chamfering the sharp corners of the head. I had a little bit of tear our, but nothing major. Finished with a light coat of BLO to bring out the beauty of the bubinga, but really, I just wanted to try using BLO, as I have not before.

This was a quick and fun project and I’ll probably try to make another one when I get the chance.

-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA

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#1 posted 11-16-2012 07:34 PM

Excellent! How’s the handle attached in the head, other than glue I’m assuming?

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#2 posted 11-16-2012 07:38 PM

Fun little buggers to make arent they. Yours came out great. Try lessening the pressure on the rasp when you start tearing out, i tend to be heavy handed with mine as well.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 11-16-2012 07:38 PM

Pretty mallet. Red oak tears out rather easily because of the huge grain, one of the many reasons I don’t enjoy using it.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 11-16-2012 08:57 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I’ll work on my rasping with something other than red oak next time.

Vakman – No glue for the handle. I don’t know what the joint is called, but you could call it a dovetailed through tenon. The top of the handle attached to the head is angled, as well as the mortise, then the actual handle part of the handle is just straight with no taper. Friction holds the whole thing together. Turn the mallet upside down and hit the bottom of the head with a couple of hits with a rubber mallet and it is seated. Can’t get it to budge at all now.

-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA

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