40 oz. to Freedom

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Project by 7Footer posted 05-28-2013 05:39 PM 2051 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A co-worker really liked the first mallet I made so he gave me a pair of speakers in exchange for a mallet of his own. As anything goes, its always better as you make more, so now I’m jealous! Although I think the handle on my first one was better looking, the craftsmanship on this one is superior. I wasn’t really planning on making it 40 oz. it just turned out that way. I routed out the inside of the head a little so it would hold more lead and its also a true dead-blow now.

Its cherry & maple in the head, and an oak shaft. 4 coats of danish & 4 coats of semi-gloss spray lacquer, and steel-wooled to dull the shine.

I bought this bottle of slinky maker for fishing at a local Bi-Mart and then after researching the company a little bit I found out they are local and after calling they said they would sell me the same bottle for $5 cheaper than Bi-Mart sells it, but its still enough to make a few mallets, that bottle is only about the size of my fist and it it weighs 4 lbs.

I am also experimenting with labeling my projects from a video I watched by John Heisz, so I put my co-workers initials in the bottom. I didn’t think about it at first but it makes sense, transferring the print onto end-grain is a bit more difficult than on regular grain, but I had to warm up the wood and the paper a bit to assist the transfer. I’m making something for my Dad for Father’s Day that hopefully turns out really nice with transferring prints onto the wood so it was some much needed practice.

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 05-28-2013 05:44 PM

forty .. ounce … to freedom so ill take that whack …..

Nice smasher 7footer.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 05:49 PM

Nice mallet!
How do you decide as to how much “air space” did you leave in with the lead weights to make it act as a dead-blow?

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 05:52 PM

Well done, and you sure picked some nice looking wood.

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 05:53 PM

Awesome. Best name ever for a hammer!

Who taught you those new tricks…..

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 06:13 PM


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#6 posted 05-28-2013 06:28 PM

Thanks guys!

Joe – No real specific method to the air space, I just kept putting more lead in it and dry clamping it until I heard a rattle that I liked. I don’t really know how dead blows are made or if there are actual guidelines, but it doesn’t need much airspace to have the right feel to it, but having too much air in there definitely does not feel right. On the 3rd pic that shows the lead – I put more lead that I had set aside before clamping the head together, the lead was heaping over the middle inserts about 1/4” when I actually clamped it, I just didnt want to get the glue all over the lead.

Kokayak – This was the video I watched about labeling projects


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#7 posted 05-28-2013 11:42 PM

I was just quoting the song. HAHA! Awesome hammer and cool label video.

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#8 posted 05-28-2013 11:52 PM

Lol, yes you were, I missed that, hahaha!


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#9 posted 05-29-2013 12:30 AM

Now that’s a whopper!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 06-03-2013 01:45 AM

Beautiful mallet, but what really drew me was the Sublime reference!

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#11 posted 06-03-2013 07:18 PM

Nice mallet. Love the Sublime reference. I’m surprised how many LJs got it. Not sure why, but I am.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#12 posted 06-03-2013 07:27 PM

It was either Sublime reference or the memory of the Heffenrefer’s doing me wrong. Either way I like it!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#13 posted 06-26-2013 12:24 AM

Yeap, I like this one.
Nice job.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#14 posted 08-07-2013 03:45 AM

Beautiful work. Question, is that leather on the striking end of the head?

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#15 posted 08-07-2013 05:30 AM

very cool

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