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Rising Dovetail Mallet (Roy Underhill's Mystery Mallet)

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Project by Brandon posted 03-18-2013 04:21 PM 4588 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Scott (lysdexic) and I took a class at the Woodright School on Saturday and made Roy Underhill’s “mystery mallet.” The class was a lot of fun and Roy is great teacher and one of the most animated people you’ll ever meet. With respect to joinery, this was probably the most difficult piece I’ve attempted, but it came out nicely, I think.

Details: the head is walnut and the handle is hickory. I finished it with boiled linseed oil and paste wax.

The last photo is a family portrait of mallets (the one on the right I got from lysdexic from the Mallet Swap last year).

-- "hold fast to that which is good"





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#1 posted 03-18-2013 04:24 PM

That came out great Brandon. Any attempts to hit Scott with it?

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#2 posted 03-18-2013 04:32 PM

Looks good, Brandon.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#3 posted 03-18-2013 04:56 PM

Really well done Brandon

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#4 posted 03-18-2013 04:57 PM

Thats a sweet looking mallet

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#5 posted 03-18-2013 05:14 PM

Thanks! Don, I didn’t hit Scott with the mallet—-I’m too scared it might break. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 03-18-2013 05:29 PM

Well done Brandon, i love the looks of that mallet.

Thats one way to fend off Scott from slugging your beers.

-- "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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#7 posted 03-18-2013 06:57 PM

Love it! Very nice mallet, Brandon!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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JayT

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#8 posted 03-18-2013 07:04 PM

I’m too scared it might break

Then don’t hit him in the head.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#9 posted 03-18-2013 07:28 PM

Haha, I’ll try not to be mean to scott—-he gave me that nice holdfast you can see in some of those photos.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 03-18-2013 07:52 PM

Id hit myself with it for one of those holdfasts … just not in the junk or my money maker. Whatta ya say Scotty???

-- "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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#11 posted 03-18-2013 08:28 PM

Nice mallet man, looks like fun! Man Scott way to come through with that holdfast, very nice!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 03-18-2013 08:30 PM

It was great—-of course it would have been nicer if you had decided to go, too. The good news is that Roy is coming to Highland for a class sometime soon.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#13 posted 03-18-2013 08:32 PM

Yeah missed opp for sure, next time. I need to try and catch him in atlanta, do you know what he is teaching there?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 03-18-2013 08:33 PM

No, he said he was still trying to figure that out.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#15 posted 03-18-2013 08:50 PM

Looks cool Brandon. I can’t even come up with any snarky comments for Scott at the moment…I am slipping.

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