Wooden Mallet

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Project by John Lowell posted 12-24-2012 01:46 PM 1442 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at building a tool, finished yesterday. Well, not really finished, need to actually put finish on it. From FWW, I think the annual edition. I tried to use only hand tools, but the maple was hard, my tools not sharp enough. I ended up mixed tools, but lots of plane and chisel work.

Turned out rather large, if I do another, will make the head smaller.

learned several things:
Hand tools are a work out
need to be really sharp
I need to learn how to sharpen
power tools were created for people like me

cheers and happy holidays to all, johnl

Update post finish – used amber shellac (had some) and several coats of wax. Have no idea how it will hold up, but it feels silky smooth….

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#1 posted 12-24-2012 01:51 PM

Thats a good lookin whooping stick John. Hang around and youll dig up all the sharpening information you could ever want.

Welcome to the gang brother.

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

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 02:17 PM

Nice looking mallet. Once you get used to using it you may end up liking the bigger head but you’ll get a lot of use out of it!

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 03:21 PM

Sweet mallet. I just bought a Worksharp 3000 and I find I juse my hand tools a whole lot more now that they are sharp

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 12-24-2012 06:12 PM

A super looking mallet .nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 12-26-2012 06:06 PM

Nice solid whacker.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 06:40 PM

I want to build one. Looks very nice.

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