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Project by barringerwoodworks posted 317 days ago 1893 views 13 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this today. It was made especially for a set of five Blue Spruce Toolworks dovetail chisels that my Brother bought for me for my birthday. I made a quickie mallet first out of some cherry dowel stock and a chunk of fence post, so I could use the chisels to make the mortise on this one. The chisels are amazing. Feel like I need to up my game in the sharpening department now though.

Oh yeah, so I thought it would look cool to have the walnut wedge driven vertical into they eye instead of horizontal. You might be able to guess what happened by the rest of the design when I did that. The cheeks didn’t come all the way apart, just opened up a little. Reclamped and put the dowels in. Solid as a rock now but I didn’t intend on the dowels.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 317 days ago

Great look from use of contrasting woods—dowells really enhance the appearance. Personally, I prefer my handle edges to be more rounded, but that’s just me.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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barringerwoodworks

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#2 posted 317 days ago

Thanks HillbillyShooter. I was kind of worried about the handle edges and thought if it seems uncomfortable, I’ll round them over a bit more. I would have to begin with, except I’m not real comfortable with a file or shaping by hand like that. Is that how you would have done it? With a file?

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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Beth

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#3 posted 317 days ago

Cool mallet! Looks like a piece of art. Nice job!

-- Beth, Maine, http://www.etsy.com/shop/northwindcarvings

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barringerwoodworks

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#4 posted 317 days ago

Thank you Beth!

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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dpow

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#5 posted 317 days ago

Nice mallet, they are sort of a fun and functional project to make. I’ve made a couple in the past just to give away. People seem to like them whether they have a use for them or not. Thanks for sharing, and also, nice website.

-- Doug

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barringerwoodworks

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#6 posted 317 days ago

Thanks Doug. And thanks for visiting my website.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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mcgyver

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#7 posted 316 days ago

i like the dowels they add that little extra to it. i hope to be that good some day great job.

-- Mcgyver

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clafollett

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#8 posted 316 days ago

Excellent work! I definitely like the pins. Great contrast!

Care sharing a few dimensions?

-- Don't mind me, I'm just soaking up knowledge

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#9 posted 316 days ago

Nice work. Looked at your website as well. Like your work. And you are good with words.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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ColonelTravis

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#10 posted 316 days ago

Man I love mallets and I love this one.

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 316 days ago

Great job made a few of these as well. Fun to make and serve you well. Great colors.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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laketrout36

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#12 posted 316 days ago

Nice mallot, I like how the handle flares out at the end.

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HillbillyShooter

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#13 posted 316 days ago

Scott, yes, I used a couple of rasps-course and then fine, followed by progressively finer sandings. The 10” rasps at this site are very good: http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/store/item/GT-CMRASP.XX/Gramercy_Tools_Hand_Cut_Cabinetmaker's_Rasps However, I used a old Craftsman I still had from my youth, and it worked great. It’s really easy, just takes a little time to get it where you like it. Congrats on DT3!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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BENTWOOD

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#14 posted 316 days ago

Beautiful mallet…too nice to actually use as it should be displayed as art.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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barringerwoodworks

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#15 posted 316 days ago

HillbillyShooter thanks. Rasps! Not files. I had that wrong. I’ll check out the link. Always something new to learn.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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