|Project by KnotCurser||posted 12-19-2013 02:01 PM||1722 views||8 times favorited||12 comments|
So, I have this 2 pound rubber headed mallet that is a perfect heft for cabinet assembly, but it’s a black rubber and it leaves really nasty scuff marks!
It was time to make my own!
While it’s not Thor’s Hammer, it is perfect for what I intend to use it for.
I used scraps from three previous projects as well as an old lining from a leather-lined breifcase which means NO COST!
The head is White Oak and Walnut and the handle is straight grained hickory.
I rubbed in a couple of coats of danish oil just to give it a nice finish and condition the leather a bit.
It weighs just over 1 1/2 pounds. I applied leather pads to the both heads to avoid denting my furniture.
The head is around 6×3x2 inches and the handle around 11 inches long.
From start to finish, to include waiting for the glue to dry took me two hours – thus the name.
I may make another one of these and put lead shot into the head for some more weight, but this one fits the bill nicely for aligning and coaxing mortise and tenon joints together.
I think that rubber mallet may be tossed into the back of a drawer somewhere and forgot about. ;-)
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