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Project by Tokolosi posted 05-22-2013 12:24 AM 954 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always wanted a mallet. I have a rubber mallet but its not right. Just off. So when I found an ingot of lead behind some framing in this old garage I knew a mallet was going to be born. I have no idea where the chunk of lead came from. It was huge. Maybe it was a balancing weight for a Boeing landing wheel. I have no idea. But it was in my garage and therefore it was mine. Btw, big solid chunks of lead takes a long time to melt on a propane bbq. I highly recommend an acetylene torch. I needed both hands for that so no picture.

But why stop at one? or even two? No. Light, medium and heavy is what is needed. Overkill, always. Go big or go home right? So over the weekend I made these. With wonderful help from dozens of other mallet projects here on LJ’s – Thanks Guys!

All have Maple handles.

The heavy one is about 8-9 oz’s with Maple over Bubinga inserts.
The medium one is about 5-6 oz’s with Bubinga over Maple inserts.
The light one is about 3-4 oz’s with maple over walnut inserts. Its also the only one without solid lead as it contains mostly sand with just a tiny bit of the leftover lead. I will weigh them all once the oil is cured.

All finished with Tung oil finish and will be waxed for fun and good smell in a day or so.

The faces were cut at about a 3 degree angle measured with the string and weight technique.

I like my mallets. Cant wait to mallet something. Anybody wants to volunteer a finger?

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien





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BTimmons

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 12:40 AM

Great looking whackers.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 01:03 AM

Very nice job and all 3 look great.

Where, oh where, did you get that coffee can with the spout? Now that looks like a great gadget to have.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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WoodenFrog

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 05:16 AM

NIIIIIIIIIIIICE!!!!
Great JoB!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 08:44 AM

If I had a hammer, :)
Those are great looking mallets
I like your weight system weight without bulk

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Tokolosi

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 10:26 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

@Jay; That is a canned peach tin that I put a spout on with a pair of pliers before starting to heat everything up.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 01:28 PM

Very nice mallets indeed! “String and Weight technique”?? What exactly is that?

-- Dennis, WV

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 01:40 PM

Nice mallets and they look good too. I love shop made tools.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Tokolosi

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 02:33 PM

Thanks guys.

@ drbyte: There are a few great posts on LJ’s but Swirts blog is very informative:

http://lumberjocks.com/swirt/blog/22319

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 03:43 PM

Very Cool!! well done!!

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Willeh

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#10 posted 05-24-2013 12:20 AM

How do you find them? I love the idea of adding some weight, i feel that my beechwood mallet just doesnt have enough umph behind it despite the fact that it’s huge!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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