From pallet to mallet

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 02-24-2013 10:42 PM 1651 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed a mallet for the chisels I just bought. Been using a dead blow which really isn’t conducive to smacking a chisel. I usually make things out of pallets especially when it’s just going to be a whacker for this square head. My dad gave me an old shop notes magazine that included the plan. It is all red oak and it is weighted with quarter inch hex nuts. Finished with Danish oil. Love that stuff. Yeah it’s bigger than most but it fits my sausage fingers nicely. Should I put leather on the front and back? Or just on one side? If so, where is a good place to get it? Thanks for looking

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Ben Simms

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 01:54 PM


-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 08:28 PM

Nice! For the leather, if you have any flea markets near you check to see if there is a leather belt/wallet maket who operates in it. They should be able to sell you a piece of leather. Good luck!

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 03:29 PM

Like the raw look of it. Great reuse of the pallets. You can reuse leather from an old worn out wallet or belt even shoes.

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#4 posted 04-13-2013 04:39 AM

nice mallet love reclaimed wood projects.

I’ve made a few mallets, nothing fancy but i did put leather pads on one of them. Here in Texas we have Hobby Lobby and Michael’s which are hobby/craft stores and they sell small bags of leather scraps with various sizes and colors for $3-4 i was able to cut out the front and back from just one of the pieces and lots left over

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#5 posted 10-10-2013 12:55 PM

I’m thinking on making one of these sometime.

I have some questions regarding the weigth inside the mallet:

Are the nuts balanced to the ends of the mallet, or near the center?
Do they move or did you have to glue them or something?



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Kaleb the Swede

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#6 posted 10-10-2013 02:56 PM

I did the mallet in three block sections. I joined the first block to the middle. In the middle block I drilled two 1 1/2 holes and filled in the nuts in there and filled that with epoxy. Then I glued the outer section in. The handle is mortised in the middle.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#7 posted 10-10-2013 03:53 PM

Thanks for the tip.

Nice work


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