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Project by Airframer posted 08-03-2013 03:33 AM 1471 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week my old oak mallet finally gave up on me so it was time for an upgrade..

I used mostly hand tools except for cutting out the rough outline of the handle.

This mallet is made from hard maple and jatoba with a couple 1 1/2” holes in the center laminate filled with BB’s. Finish is 3-2-1 and paste wax. Total weight is 34oz! My chisels are shaking in their holders right now…

Build pics and details can be found in My Blog

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"





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steliart

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#1 posted 08-03-2013 03:52 AM

Beautiful mallet… well done

-- 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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#2 posted 08-03-2013 04:13 AM

Thanks so much!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#3 posted 08-03-2013 04:34 AM

Very nice… What a pretty beast!! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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Airframer

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#4 posted 08-03-2013 07:55 AM

Thanks Dan :-)

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#5 posted 08-03-2013 09:04 AM

Wow. That is a sharp lookin mallet. Nice use of the contrasting woods.

-- Red-- "I hope my furniture has a soul to it.”" -Sam Maloof

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#6 posted 08-03-2013 12:00 PM

Eric, you’ve got great vision for your designs. I love the contrast style you use. Well done.

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

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#7 posted 08-03-2013 12:23 PM

Eric, love the contrast and design. I’m wondering what is the primary use for this style of mallet? I would like to turn one for doing small dovetail and mortise work and have huge paws, how do you go about determining how tall what angle to cut the face,......Thanks Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#8 posted 08-03-2013 04:12 PM

Excellent mallet….looks like it will last a life time….well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#9 posted 08-03-2013 04:14 PM

Mallet? That is more more of a mini sledge. : ) Looks great

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#10 posted 08-03-2013 04:22 PM

Verry cool man! How did the leather inlay work out?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 08-03-2013 06:12 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments!

Don – That means a lot coming from you. I don’t ever really plan anything out it just kinda happens that way. I am probably just subconsciously trying to irritate the tar out of Brandon :-D

Pat – I’ll probably end up using this for whatever needs to be beat on. It should do mortises very nicely but I am considering making a Jr version for smaller detailed work. I mean at 2.2lbs this guy does all the work for me I just have to move it around a little. As for the head angle have a look at this blog post by Swirt it explains the string trick and how to determine the head angle for your mallet.

Shane – It weighs more than my mini sledge lol.

Mauricio – I had every intention of doing those leather inserts on the ovals all the way up till I finished shaping the handle and it felt so comfortable in my hand I decided to leave well enough alone and canx the leather idea. Basically I chickened out lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#12 posted 08-03-2013 07:00 PM

The Hammer of THOR! Love it!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#13 posted 08-05-2013 02:07 AM

Eric, great tool. Mortises don’t stand a chance.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#14 posted 08-05-2013 02:07 AM

Eric, great tool. Mortises don’t stand a chance.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#15 posted 08-05-2013 09:27 PM

Eric, thanks for the link I read thru it and I’m not sure how it relates to a turned mallet. The angles shown even with the short mallet look like they would be too steep. Look forward to the Jr edition. I’m sure it will be just as nice as this one if not even better. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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