|Project by JayT||posted 03-14-2014 01:54 AM||1065 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Time for a new shop mallet, so went though the scraps and patched together this one using the two American hardwoods with the most contrary attitudes I have worked with—hickory and Osage orange (aka hedge, Bois d’arc or bodark).
Handle is actually part of a factory made hickory axe handle. The top was used to make a handle for a single bevel hewing hatchet, so the bottom was going to get tossed unless it found a use like this. Trimmed the top into a wedge shape, fit a couple larger blocks of Osage around it in opposite directions, then layered in the rest. After taking out of clamps, the head was squared and faces angled. I didn’t like the square look with the top being straight, so used a spokeshave to give it a slight curve.
Quick and easy project, but needed and useful. Heavier than my previous mallet and should be both more ergonomic and tougher.
Thanks for looking
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