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Project by GRegghead posted 01-06-2013 10:19 AM 1048 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Lumberjocks,

First post. First project post. First time working with hardwood actually!

After just getting started in woodworking in the last few months, there’s been no shortage in tools needed. After getting tired of paying for tools, I figured maybe I could build some.
This mallet started life as an old hammer that belonged to my father in law who passed away last year. While the hammer was nothing special, my wife didn’t want to get rid of it despite the loose head as it reminded her of her father. So I came up with the idea of giving it a new life as the handle for my mallet.

The old loose metal head was (easily) removed, and I proceeded to square up the end so I could build a mallet around it. A few pieces of maple laminated around the end of the handle did the trick. All done using hand tools, including the ironic demise of my old Snap-On plastic mallet I was using to chisel the handle square. Finished with 2 coats of danish oil, except for the handle which was untouched. I originally planned to refinish the handle, but in the middle of the project decided that the character of the wear and the old paint added to the beauty and the history of the handle.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 02:16 PM

Every woodworkers right of passage. A good classic design. Nice looking maple. Sure to be the go to mallet.

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 01:29 AM

i love the idea of using a regular hammer handle…makes it simple

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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