Bench Mallet ......... No Literally a BENCH mallet

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Project by shipwright posted 104 days ago 2293 views 5 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just couldn’t keep whacking those beautiful Osage Orange wedges in my bench vices with my steel claw hammer. It seemed immoral or at the very least inappropriate treatment of fine hardwood. So I made a dedicated bench mallet. Not a bench chisel mallet although it would and likely will serve that function, but a bench mallet, you know, to hit the bench with.

Like the planes and adjusting mallets I posted recently, this one is made from Osage Orange and Mesquite and like the planes, I couldn’t resist a little marquetry. I am easily amused. It is nice and heavy and balances very nicely in my hand.

Like all the hand tools I have been making lately, it is far prettier and nicer than anything I used in my working life. Back then I would have scorned such gentrification of noble working tools. Now I get enjoyment from using nice looking tools that I have made myself.

I also turned a Mesquite handle today for the burnisher I got when I ordered the Hock plane blades. I didn’t think it warranted it’s own post.

Thanks for looking in.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#1 posted 104 days ago

Nice work Paul.
That is a beauty my friend.

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 104 days ago

You do such great work paul.

Always an encouragement.

-- - Terry

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#3 posted 104 days ago

Paul, I admire your sense of detail – from your workshop you have made work of art! Great.


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#5 posted 104 days ago

Very nice mallet Paul, the color of that osage orange is beautiful. Ive been told that osage orange grows wild around were I live but I have yet to see any.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#6 posted 104 days ago

Tools can be fun and cool and show great workmanship ,just as this super mallet does. Very fine work as usual Paul.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 104 days ago

Beautiful Mallet!!! I can just see it now, you’ll make the top of your bench out of Osage Orange with marquetry and inlays. lol Great job Paul, It’s always fun to see what your working on!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 104 days ago

Excellent! I love the V8 detail.

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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#9 posted 104 days ago

Hedge and mesquite? You could probably drive spikes with that!

But it is beautiful.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 104 days ago

Paul, I know what you mean about attractive tools. I have even been making my second and third generation jigs look more attractive. It just sort of adds to the pleasure of working in the shop when you pick up a tool that you have refurbished or made to look beautiful. You seem more invested in the process.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 104 days ago

Great job. Love the inlay on the mallet.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 104 days ago

There was a boatmaker named Paul
He moved to Arizona in the fall
He built a bench on the cheap
and a mallet of mesquite (nothing rhymes with orange!)
and inlaid a V8 on all.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#13 posted 104 days ago

That’s a great looking Mallet Paul!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#14 posted 104 days ago

Very nice mallet, Paul. I love the inlay, too….......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#15 posted 104 days ago

Keep amusing yourself Paul, this is fun to watch.

Nice wacker you made there.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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