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Project by Don Broussard posted 157 days ago 991 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing fancy. Just a deadblow wooden mallet out of pressure-treated wood. Not the best wood, but I had it on hand and I wanted the mallet to be softer than my project pieces. And yes, I used a dust mask during milling and sanding operations. I used fishing weights in the chambers for the deadblow. The holes are 1-⅜” diameter.

The head’s sides are at 5 degrees and the top of the head was rounded on a disc sander by eye. Head is 3” tall x 5” wide x 3” thick. Assembled length is 13”. Total weight is about 20 oz.

I shaped the handle with rasps—that was actually pretty enjoyable. Fits my hand well.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that there is a wedge in the top of the handle to keep the head tight onto the handle—I added a picture to show that. It’s hard to see since the grain of the wedge almost matches the grain in the handle. I plan to do a little more shaping on the handle too—more rasping is in my future!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!





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terryR

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#1 posted 157 days ago

Wow, Don, that’s sorta pretty for PT wood! Looks like a great smashing tool, for a terrific price. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 157 days ago

I knew the minute I saw it that it was a right handed functional dead blow mallet.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work. http://www.FineArtBoxes.com

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Rick

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#3 posted 157 days ago

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Posting.

Actually Greg I’m Pretty Sure It’s Left Handed. For Guys Like me …LOL…

Rick

-- The Difference Between A BEER And Your OPINION Is, I Asked For The BEER!

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Rob Drown

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#4 posted 157 days ago

Very cool mallet. Looks good. Bet it packs a whallop.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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Belg1960

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#5 posted 157 days ago

Don, this looks like it will be a very useful addition to the workshop. One suggestion would be to round the edges of the head ever so slightly as an angled blow would surely leave a distinct mark with a sharp edge. I really like the spline idea for the handle.

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

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Airframer

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#6 posted 157 days ago

Nice looking beater you have there. Nice job!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 157 days ago

This will definitely be a nice asset to your shop. Congratulations.

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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Dave

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#8 posted 156 days ago

Now that should get the job done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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john2005

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#9 posted 156 days ago

Looks like a good tool. I like how the wedges all but disappears. Kindof a neat trick

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 156 days ago

Thanks for all the kind comments! I was like a hunter on the prowl this morning in the shop, just looking for something to whack. No dovetails, no box joints or M&T’s waiting their turn, so I ended up just whacking a lonely piece of pine. Very solid and pleasing!

@terryR—I cut the head out of the stock piece to have the knot in the middle of the head. I like it too.

@Greg—The hammer is actually ambidextrous by design, but it does work better in MY right hand.

@Belg—I did end up softening up all the edges, per your suggestion. A small detail that made a big difference. That suggestion sounded like one based on experience . . .

@John—The almost matching grain between the handle and the wedge was not by design. but it is a neat disappearing act.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Belg1960

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#11 posted 156 days ago

Don, it came from reading enough info from others. Glad it made sense to you. Pat

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

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Bearpaw

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#12 posted 155 days ago

Just in time for the movie – Thor. Looks great.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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Don Broussard

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#13 posted 155 days ago

@Bearpaw—I haven’t named mine yet, but I understand that a Viking name is “required”.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Dave

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#14 posted 154 days ago

Don I named mine SILK. It stands for son in law killer ;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Don Broussard

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#15 posted 153 days ago

@Dave—That’s funny, but it doesn’t sound “Viking” enough.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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