scrap wood - jointer's mallets

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Project by Michael Hacker posted 2180 days ago 4415 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

having access to lots of scrap wood is a definite advantage for the frugal woodworker! with a little time, lots of elbow grease, and some sweat i was able to make these two beautiful jointer’s mallets.

i hand planed all the pieces, and cut them to size with my table saw. the heads are made of white ash, the handles are cherry, and all were scrap wood pieces which would have been burned! i epoxied bb’s into the hollow core centers for proper balance.

more photos of this project are available on my personal website in my woodworking section!

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#1 posted 2180 days ago

Very nice. And all recycled wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#2 posted 2180 days ago

I like these a lot… veeery nice work, very smooth….

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Callum Kendall

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#3 posted 2180 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 2180 days ago

BB’s were a good idea. I’ve heard of using lead shot, but BB’s is new to me. I don’t have either on hand, so I’ll just have to see what’s cheaper. I’m a “frugal” WWer myself, as you put it. Wish I had access to some scrap hardwood. I’m able to get all the constuction grade stuff I can handle, but nothing to get escited about. Nicely done. This has been on a list of mine for a while.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#5 posted 2180 days ago

Very nice mallets.
Wooden mallets… if we can make.. don’t buy. If we want to buy, try to make ‘em. Save money for gas.
Good post & website.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Michael Hacker

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#6 posted 2180 days ago

i went looking for lead fishing sinkers, but those are not for sale anymore. the only lead i could find was pellet ammunition. the bb’s were much cheaper, and once epoxied worked well.

i plan on making another pair of mallets soon, and i will be trying both a different design, and using melted pellets. stay tuned… i just got a BIG new toy, and will be writing a review soon!

thanks for all the support fellow jocks!

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#7 posted 2180 days ago

Very nice!

Question, are these the “dead blow mallets”?

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Michael Hacker

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#8 posted 2180 days ago

no they are not dead blow hammers, they could have been if i hadn’t epoxied the bb’s in place, and left some extra room for the bb’s in the pockets. i will be making a pair of the dead blow hammers soon!!

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#9 posted 2180 days ago

Very nice mallets.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#10 posted 2180 days ago

What is the difference Dead blow hammer and a mallet? Great mallets by the way. Nice pictures also.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#11 posted 2180 days ago

What Snowdog asked. These arenice. Great idea for the scrap wood just waiting to be used.

-- Jerry

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 2179 days ago

Hi Michael;

Very nice work.

I don’t epoxy the bb’s in because you can’t use them for making music!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 2179 days ago

LOL lee.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#14 posted 2179 days ago

Nice save from the scrap pile! I have used small lead split shot weights for the same purpose.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#15 posted 2179 days ago

Man that is a nice mallet.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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