Carpenter's Mallet

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Project by PioneerRob posted 189 days ago 1182 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s time for a new mallet. I usually turn my own round mallet, and figured it’s time for a change.

I made this out of birch, for no reason other than it’s what I had on hand. I bought a few boards some time ago for a project that I never did, so I have lots.

I’m thinking that birch isn’t the best choice. It’s brittle and chips easily; probably not the best quality for a mallet. But we’ll see.

I was aiming for 16 oz, and ended up at 15.8 oz. Not bad.

1. Finished mallet.
2. Rough sawn handle.
3. Head parts before gluing.
4. Head glue up.
5. Handle shaping.
6. Rough mallet before finishing.


-- Rob, Ontario

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#1 posted 189 days ago

Great design and construction as well. I want to build one soon.

-- Dan Wilson - Red Wing, MN

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#2 posted 189 days ago

Nice job, I need a new one myself!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#3 posted 189 days ago

Nice work, I have made few of these as well. fun project and saves money for other things….Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 189 days ago

A great looking mallet. Maybe if you put leather on the faces it will help prevent splintering.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 189 days ago

+1 489tad leather on the ends works well.

Nice project the pictures showing the stages were especially helpful so thanks for that extra touch I am off today so maybe I will get out in the shop and get cracking…

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 188 days ago

I have been hoarding scraps for years. I recall a FWW article or tip in the distant past on this type of mallet build. You did a nice job and have kindled a spark in me to get moving. Your pic 3 showed me that getting a proper fit to the handle taper need not be a problem.

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#7 posted 188 days ago

Nice Project Indeed Rob! Nice to see that it’s also a Left Handed Model for Guys Like Me! ...LOL..

Thanks For Sharing.


PS: I use to live in Peterborough for a few years …Long Time Ago. I see Roland’s Steak House is still there. YUMMY!!!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#8 posted 188 days ago

Our woodworking club is going to have a workshop on making mallets in a month or so. I picked up a persimmon board a years ago and I might use it, But looking at the chart of wood hardness, one of the hardest and easy to get ahold of is Ipe. It’s available as desk board in the USA. I found a piece of it in my shop but it’s about an 1 1/2” thick by maybe 3”. It might make a nice compact mallet for using on chisels.

I just measured it it’s 1 1/8 X 2 1/2 and man is It hard.

-- 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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