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Project by ben posted 07-25-2008 09:02 PM 4201 views 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure this is worthy of project status, since it only took a few hours. Thanks to Lee for inspiration and PaBull for the plans .

The wood is all scrap: striped maple for the head, cherry for the handle and walnut wedges. I did use 5oz of lead shot on each side for weight, left loose (instead of epoxying in place).

I may still futz with the handle – I did only minimal trimming of wood, since I can remove more later as I figure out what works.

EDIT: If you try to make this from the plans, one bit of advice. For my “first mallet” I followed the plans rather closely, but they didn’t give a length for the handle. I just scaled it from the pics, and went with it. I don’t yet know whether I would have kept them, but if you do the same, keep some extra length in the handle—an inch or two. You can always take it off, but you can’t put it back.

-b





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#1 posted 07-25-2008 09:41 PM

Nice job…. Is this your first mallet? I’ve mad couple recently and really enjoyed doing so.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 07-25-2008 11:04 PM

Slick mallet Ben.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 07-26-2008 01:04 AM

Hi Ben;

Great job. I’m glad you let me know about it.

I’m happy to have finally inspired someone in my lifetime. I’ve been working on that for years!

The futzing with the handle is a great idea, as you’ll have it fitting your hand just right. It’s best to round over the edges of the handle a bit, as it’s much nicer to hold and use.
You did the right thing leaving the shot loose. Gives it more whacking power!

They are fun to make.

I’m going to post a couple more soon, since I rarely get to make something for me.

Thank you;

Lee

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#4 posted 07-26-2008 04:07 AM

Looks like a project to me. A nice one at that. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Texasgaloot

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#5 posted 07-26-2008 05:23 AM

Looks like your mallets are a hit…

Very inspiring. I’ll be third generation inspired by Lee.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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TheGravedigger

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#6 posted 07-26-2008 01:15 PM

Nice piece. I like shop-made tools. As for the handle, what I do is use them till I get a “hot spot” on my hand, and then tune that area a little. After a while, you’ve got a handle that feels like it was made just for you. Of course, it was!

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#7 posted 07-26-2008 02:44 PM

Thanks, all of you. It is indeed my first mallet, but not my last—I have a Krenov plane that needs a small adjusting hammer, so I hope to make a smaller one soon. Frankly, few things to me are as striking as hand built tools. A spokeshave and another Krenov-style plane are next on my list. So Lee, keep your hand made tools blog rolling!

Texas (or anybody else wanting to make this)—if you try to make this from the plans, one bit of advice. For my “first mallet” I followed the plans rather closely, but they didn’t give a length for the handle. I just scaled it from the pics, and went with it. I don’t yet know whether I would have kept them, but if you do the same, keep some extra length in the handle—an inch or two. You can always take it off, but you can’t put it back.

-b

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Callum Kendall

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#8 posted 07-26-2008 11:14 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 07-30-2008 05:00 PM

H Ben;

Did you get the leather added yet?

Lee

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#10 posted 07-30-2008 05:13 PM

Lee,

Not yet—I have had things going on the last couple night, and I’m leaving town tomorrow for a few days. Hopefully I can get the contact cement tonight, but if not it will wait until next week. I will definitely post a pic as soon as it’s done.

-b

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 08-08-2008 02:08 PM

Hi Ben;

It looks REAL good.

Excellent tip on the handle length!

Also, the idea of shaping the handle as you use it is a good idea as well.

I’d be a little afraid to leather only one side of the head.

Since I use mine to remind me of things when I make a mistake, why add injury to insult!!!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Sleff

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#12 posted 08-12-2009 06:59 PM

Nice Mallet Ben! I like the wood choices, and I like the leather only on one side.
I’ve been making a bunch of these off and on lately of different sizes and I found
that the plans you used in the “link” only show one page of the total original plans.
The original plans have the length of the handle and a lot of other information as well.

-- -Sleff

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