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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 421 days ago 2021 views 23 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this project in mind ever since Mads said he saw a plywood mallet in Paris. I wondered what it would look like with the head and handle all made from plywood. So, I laid up 4 blocks and cut some maple for the faces.

They is maple plywood with solid maple faces that are glued in with a 1” dia. tenon. I wanted the grip to be more “hand shaped” so the grip area is oval. I turned in on three centers that were in a hardwood piece on the end. I was afraid the centers that close to each other in plywood might break away.
They came out pretty good with the grain of the plywood accented with every high spot turned on the pieces.

They are 10” long and the heads are 2 1/8” dia. and 5 1/2” long and finished with clear matte spray.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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HorizontalMike

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#1 posted 421 days ago

OK,great! I was going to comment on the lack of impact resistance with plywood, HOWEVER you have addressed that very concern nicely with hardwood head-tips. Cool! Another lathe project to consider… 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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MShort

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#2 posted 421 days ago

Neat designs for the mallet. I had the same thoughts as H-Mike, till I saw the hardwood as well.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Diggerjacks

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#3 posted 421 days ago

Hello Jim

A good idea and a very nicely work

The contrast is beautiful
An idea that will be tested in the future
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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harry1

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#4 posted 421 days ago

I’m astounded at the that you’re “turning” out these wonderful items Jim, you are quite amazing.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 421 days ago

Very interesting design and a noval design—certainly NOT “just another mallet.”. Attractive and well thought out, especially the solid maple faces! Know you’re glad you got your lathe fixed. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 421 days ago

Beautiful job Jim. Great way to display the EYE of the plywood. Reminds me of a totem pole I made as a joke out of elm to scare off evil spirits. Keep them coming.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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sedcokid

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#7 posted 421 days ago

Jim, Nice look’in project my Friend!! I like the look of the plywood, do you have any problems with tearout or any other issues? Your work always looks great and I appreciate your comments too.

Thanks for sharing…...

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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wiswood2

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#8 posted 421 days ago

Real, nice looking mallets.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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Tooch

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#9 posted 421 days ago

Those look really sweet. were you able to turn all of the solid maple heads on one piece? or did you make each separately?

Nice job, nice job!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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stefang

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#10 posted 421 days ago

Beautiful mallets Jim and unique too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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shipwright

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#11 posted 421 days ago

Sweet !

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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BusterB

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#12 posted 421 days ago

Very unique look you have managed to craft there Jim… What can I say but…..AWESOME

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Knothead62

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#13 posted 421 days ago

Outstanding! What turning tools did you use? Have a lot of scrap plywood that needs to be made into something. Thanks for sharing.

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tyvekboy

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#14 posted 421 days ago

Very Interesting. Thanks for sharing

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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majuvla

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#15 posted 421 days ago

You are doing amaizing things with playwood!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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