|Project by TDog||posted 03-23-2013 06:46 AM||1351 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I milled down some beams to create some beefy legs for my new workbench.
Well, I had several cut offs that were headed to the burn pile.
So I salvaged a couple end pieces and begin to finally make my first mallet.
I am honestly not sure of the wood type I made the mallet head from except
that is is extremely hard and does not dent. It has worked great with my
trusty old blue marbles chisels. I finally got tired of digging the handles with my hammer
and the thong of the rubber mallet every time I used the for dovetails.
So I used a piece of reclaimed solid maple for the handle and some purple heart
for the wedge in the top. It is not “perfect” as far as gaps etc go, however,
It has served it’s purpose well as I have begun making hand joined heirloom toy airplanes.
Choping the mortises and rabbets for those have gotten the mallet some good use.
I also made my son a smaller mallet which he loves. Hey, he gets to smash things
with it and not get in trouble, what could be more fun than a five year old smashing away…
Except for the occasional back swing to the forehead…!
Hope you enjoy the pic. For my first shot at a homemade mallet, I’ll take it.
If I get fancy later, I’ll buy the sweet one from Blue Spruce (wow).
For now I am only investing in marking and measuring tools that are dead on.
If you haven’t yet, make a mallet for your shop, it’s not as bad as it seems.
If you have made tons of them…
Share your images and pics here, I love to see new styles and influences.
Keep on smashing….away at woodworking, what a way to relax and get lost in work and art!
-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23