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Maple and Purpleheart Joiner's Mallet

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Project by JoeinDE posted 05-08-2013 11:36 PM 964 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The head is bookmatched rock maple. The handle is figured purpleheart. The 5 degree angle cut on the head was done with the bandsaw and the majority of the wood taken off the handle was removed with the 3/8” roundover bit on router. The final shape on the handle was obtained with a spokeshave. I used my blockplane to chamfer the head. It weighs 2.25 lbs and and feels really comfortable in my big hands.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools





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madts

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#1 posted 05-08-2013 11:47 PM

Very pretty. As it is a mallet you have to give it a Norse name.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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Holbs

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#2 posted 05-09-2013 12:41 AM

with all these mallets is see being created here, far above my level of accomplishment…
could i buy something like this from you Joe?

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JoeinDE

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#3 posted 05-09-2013 12:58 AM

Holbs – honestly there is not much skill involved in making one of these. The hardest part of the whole process was cutting the dadoes on my table without a dado stack. The plans for this can be found in an issue of Wood from last year. While I wouldn’t mind selling you something like this, I think it would be more rewarding for you to make one for yourself. That way you can tailor it to your hands and your tastes. However, if you still want to buy one, I’m sure that there are many pros who post here who would be happy to sell you one. I would not want to take money out of their pockets since I just work wood for fun and am gainfully employed in a very different field.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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rance

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#4 posted 05-09-2013 01:42 AM

Joe, you did a very nice job on this. I’m not sure I know what a ‘Joiners Mallet’ is used for. I see the grain on the head is oriented differently, maybe that is it. That could dutifly serve to offer a softer blow. Nicely done. I made one with a Purpleheart head and handle. I should post it.

Holbs, I agree with Joe, you could build this and it would be rewarding. However, if you STILL wish to have someone build you one, I would be glad to work with you. I quickly searched online and found these plans from Woodworkers Journal. Take a look at these. You may just need a few pointers to be able to build it yourself. Ask away.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Holbs

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#5 posted 05-09-2013 03:02 AM

my freud dado stack must be defective :( it has valleys. dont know what to do about that.
as i get more into wood working, the more i am lured to hand “everything” and less power.
as my great grandfather said: the more blood, sweat, and tears you put into something, the more valuable it is.
yea… i could see doing my first mallet. but i’m afraid it will not compare to it’s beauty like your’s or others i have seen. not in the next 5 years at least :)

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rance

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 05:04 AM

Nope, the first one may not, but just do it. I think you’ll be surprised how well it will turn out and how much enjoyment you’ll get from it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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JoeinDE

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 05:09 PM

Madts – I shall call her Mejselangriber

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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