Turned Mallet-(With a little extra OOMPH !)

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Project by jeffwedekind posted 141 days ago 1125 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a little wood whacker, and decided I didn’t have the heart to use the one I previously made(seen here). I also prefer a round mallet for carving, and needed some experience turning, so here is what I came up with.

I raided the firewood/scrap pile and came up with a piece of oak. Suitable, but only big enough for the head, I scrounged a little further and found another straight grained piece for the handle (cherry, I think ?) This posed the perfect dilemma, I’d have to bore a round mortise into the head and turn a tenon to match. Exactly what this budding bodger needed for practice.

While putting it all together, I found that it was a little wimpy for my taste, so I bored another hole in the upper portion of the handle and filled it with about 8 oz of lead. I was careful not to bore too deep into the tenon for fear that it would be too weak and break off at the base of the handle. (Fingers crossed)

So far, so good. I love how it feels in my hand. At a bit more than a pound,it has plenty of heft, yet is small enough that I can choke up on the handle and grip the head for super fine control.

Its pretty clear that I have a long way to go as far as turning is concerned,as evidenced by the fine shavings,as opposed to the nice ribbons some turners get. (see Pic 6). But hey, you have to start somewhere, and I’m no longer intimidated by the process.

Over all It was a big success. I got a very useful tool, and some much needed experience.

Onward and upward,

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#1 posted 141 days ago


It look nice to me, and I like the added shot ideal….combine a deadblow with a carvers mallet…brilliant.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#2 posted 141 days ago

I like it!

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#3 posted 141 days ago

I really like this. A lovely variation to my simple mallet

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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#4 posted 141 days ago

I like it, should serve you well. Great job.

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

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#5 posted 141 days ago

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 141 days ago

That’s probably a good idea that you didn’t use the carved mallet, it’s nice looking, but your WEDGE is facing the wrong way. if you used it, you would keep tightening the wedge eventually splitting the mallet.
Wedges in the handle should be oriented 90 degrees to the head grain, not parallel.

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 141 days ago

That’s the nice thing about turned mallets that are wedged. You can just turn the handle to the correct orientation, and tighten away.

I’ve got one that I made out of Poplar ten or more years ago, and it’s still going strong. And if anything ever happens to it, I made two more out of Oak.

Nice thing about turning.. it doesn’t take long to knock one out, even if you’re not much of a turner.

That’s a fine looking mallet, and useful too.

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#8 posted 139 days ago

I badly need one of these, but I keep putting it off. Thanks for the motivation.

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#9 posted 139 days ago

Thanks to every one for the nice comments.

woodchucker, thanks for the advice, I didn’t know that.

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#10 posted 134 days ago

Good looking and well made mallet. It will serve you well around the shop. Great job!

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