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I am posting my first LJ project. It’s just a simple wooden mallet that I made from a piece of Oak that I found at work. I made it for just general use around the shop. Nothing too fancy or difficult. Just put a tapered mortised through the head and then tapered the top of the handle. This is the first time I have ever created a mortise joint and I did it all with a couple of chisels. I also got a chance to use my new (to me) No. 4 Stanley plane.

Come to think of it, this is the first project that I built using anything other than pine. :P

Next project is a marking gauge.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...





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JayT

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 07:25 PM

Good start. A shop mallet is one of the most useful items to have around. You might consider gluing leather on one face for those times you need it to be non-marring.

You’ve got plenty of inspiration for marking gauges, at the moment, as well.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 07:38 PM

great looking mallet.

I always wished I had made my mallet as one of MY first projects rather than waiting to make it later.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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steliart

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 07:59 PM

welcome to LJ.
that’s a nice mallet and will serve you well
good job

Stelios

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

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RPhillips

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 10:00 PM

thanks guys… good suggestion on the leather. Yeah, I decided to try to make all the basic tools as my first projects to aid me in journey into woodworking. I have a marking gauge that I’ve almost completed and then I need to focus on a bench and a few jigs.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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Adam D

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#5 posted 07-02-2013 02:29 AM

I’ve been woodworking for years now and still struggle getting tapers right with a chisel. Friggen awesome for a first project!

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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RPhillips

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#6 posted 07-02-2013 03:49 PM

Yeah, the taper was a B@#%$. lol It’s not perfect, but it should function well.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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Don W

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#7 posted 07-02-2013 04:01 PM

at least in my case, I don’t want it perfect. If it is nobody believes I made it!

Nice mallet, good start. I’m looking forward to the marking gauge!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 07-02-2013 04:30 PM

Nicely done and it should serve you well.

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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