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I needed a large mallet to hit the back of my axe in order to split some logs for spoon carving, so I made this out of English beech. It is 21” long. The head is 4 1/2” in diameter and 8” long. No idea of the weight as it is too heavy for our kitchen scales.

The shaping was done with my recently restored Elwell Kent patterned axe, followed by my Sorby drawknife. The transitions into the grip were blended with a few swipes of a rasp.

I’m a newbie to green woodworking, so this was a good exercise in axe control as well as making something functional.

Great fun.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.





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terryR

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#1 posted 230 days ago

Nice mallet, Andy! Excellent work on the handle!

Spoons, huh? very cool. I’ve only made a few completely with hand tools, but what a joy! :)

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

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jdh122

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#2 posted 230 days ago

Very nice mallet. It’s called a maul, or sometimes a commander. It looks so much better than the piece of firewood I use.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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Don W

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#3 posted 230 days ago

well done Andy. Don’t let the wife get a hold of that!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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mtenterprises

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#4 posted 230 days ago

It would be much better if you used a froe instead of your ax. A froe can be made from a car spring.
MIKE

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Brit

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#5 posted 230 days ago

Mike – I will be buying a froe in due course. I’m not geared up for the kind of metalwork involved in making one. Splitting up to 4” logs with an axe and maul is OK, but riving anything bigger is best left to the froe.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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murch

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#6 posted 230 days ago

Great job Andy. I love that little axe. Are you going to use Beech for your
spoons as well?
Can’t wait to see the results.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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ShaneA

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#7 posted 230 days ago

Very manly looking mallet you got there Andy.

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Brit

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#8 posted 229 days ago

Thanks guys.

Murch – I’m going to try. :o)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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llwynog

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#9 posted 229 days ago

Wow, this sure looks heavy. It reminds me of one of the very first Woodwright’s shop episode in which Roy made a similar maul out of dogwood.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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stefang

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#10 posted 229 days ago

That should do the trick Andy, nice work!. There’s an book ‘Green woodworking’ by Mike Abbot. If you haven’t got it you should get it. Looks of great stuff to learn there.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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CL810

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#11 posted 229 days ago

Yep, THAT’S a mallet.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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chrisstef

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#12 posted 229 days ago

Thats a serious club ya got there buddy. Is that from some of the timber you picked up recently?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Brit

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#13 posted 229 days ago

Mike – Thanks for the recommendation. Mike Abbot is the daddy of green woodworking over here.

Stef – Yes it is.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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mafe

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#14 posted 229 days ago

That’s a mallet!
Looking like you had a wonderful time making shaves and smelling the fresh wood.
Love the picture of your axe.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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AnthonyReed

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#15 posted 228 days ago

Love it. Nicely done Andy.

-- ~Tony

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