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Project by daltxguy posted 08-17-2008 02:53 AM 2029 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen many mallets on here recently. They all seem to be laminated, which makes perfect sense and probably has some advantages. I made this mainly because I had tuned by bandsaw recently and I just grabbed a chunk of thick pallet wood I had lying around to test and, well it just ended up becoming a mallet based on one I already had ( A british Emir made out of european beech )

The head is of an unknown coniferous species from an old pallet, but seems hard enough for what I want to use this for. The handle is recycled rimu ( dacrydium cupressinum ) complete with borer holes. It was cut with a bandsaw and shaped with a spokeshave.

The handle is merely a compression fit into a tapered mortise, all cut by hand.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!





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#1 posted 08-17-2008 02:56 AM

Nice looking persuasion tool. Thanks for sharing Steve.

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

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#2 posted 08-17-2008 04:08 AM

Looking good, you could probably strap it some how to keep it from splitting.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#3 posted 08-17-2008 04:14 AM

That is an attractive mallet. Thanks for sharing!

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

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#4 posted 08-17-2008 04:16 AM

Looking good,mallet.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#5 posted 08-17-2008 06:42 AM

Very nice, that should get the job done.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#6 posted 08-17-2008 06:54 AM

Nice mallet! Nice to see you working outside of the virtual world!

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

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daltxguy

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#7 posted 08-17-2008 09:04 AM

Thanks for all the great comments!

Yes sIKE, the weather is warming up down under and the days getting longer so I’m beginning to spend some more time in the real shop. No sketchup model for this project and certainly no cutlist – just grab whatever was on the scrap pile :)

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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daltxguy

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#8 posted 08-17-2008 09:09 AM

PaBull – that’s a good idea. I might have done that if this was more expensive wood but since it was scrap, if it does break, well lesson learned and then I’ll just make another one trying a different kind of wood. My beech one has survived for years using the same design.

I actually think the handle is going to break first. Rimu can get quite brittle when well seasoned and it’s not the best for tool handles – but I don’t plan on persuading logs with this one, just the odd hand chisel.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#9 posted 08-17-2008 11:22 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#10 posted 08-19-2008 06:59 AM

“the weather is warming up down under” – VERY FUNNY! (we just had the worse two weeks of the winter…) (and it was snowing this morning)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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daltxguy

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#11 posted 08-19-2008 07:36 AM

ok, well, the days are getting longer – there, can’t argue with that …and the mountains do look nice with snow on them.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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moshel

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#12 posted 08-19-2008 07:54 AM

going to ski again tomorrow… the mountains view is really good for the soul.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#13 posted 04-13-2009 01:46 AM

good job.there is probable quite a few things we can make rather than buy.

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#14 posted 09-14-2010 07:03 AM

I can’t believe that no one else made any “pallet mallet” comments yet. :)

Seriously, great looking mallet! I’ve made two so far, but my next will be closer in size to this one. Something beefy to use for heavy splitting with a froe, etc.

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#15 posted 09-14-2010 03:33 PM

JasonD, For use with a froe, don’t you want something with the grain running the other way? Pounding end grain onto the back end of a froe is likely to split the end grain just like it does to the thing you are trying to split with the froe.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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