Mini Mallet

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Project by 7Footer posted 03-14-2014 10:22 PM 1475 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made the head for this mallet in May of last year and it’s been sitting on my bench since then. Last week I decided that I need to finish that bad boy! I’ve gotta work on this whole finishing projects before starting others thing.

Head and wedges are Brazilian Cherry and the handle is Maple. It’s much smaller than my last couple mallets and I am friggin’ pumped about it, I find my other mallet which weights 40 oz. (compared to this one at a meager 18 oz.) a little big for a lot of the work I do. This one feels great in my hand though (I know – That’s what she said!) though and I think it will be much more versatile than my others.

The filling in the head is done with slinky maker used to for fishing, works great and gives it that true dead blow feel, I had to put tape over them before gluing the the head together so the bb’s wouldn’t fall out.

Finish is a little recipe I got from Mr. Shampeon that is quickly becoming one of my favorites, and the finish on the plane I received from him in the plane swap. Its a mix of mineral spirits, BLO and shellac. And then it has a couple coats of the mendota plane polish (paste wax, murphy’s oil soap and BLO). I’m totally digging all of these shop recipes I find on here, still a newb but it makes me feel like the Walter White of carpentry when I make my own little batches of finish and polish.

The lettering on it was done with a transfer tip on a woodburning tool, I haven’t sealed this one yet because I want to see how the text holds up with only this finish, I know with a lacquer it will seal it for good but I noticed the text lightened a bit just when polishing it with steel wool. The font is called “A dripping marker”, so it is suppose to look like its running down.

Here’s a couple of pre-finish pics.

-- I'm so official all I need is a whistle --

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 10:43 PM

very cool. great idea.

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 10:59 PM

Nice work.

I watched a video on Sam Maloof. Said it was not uncommon for him to have up to a dozen projects going on at one time. If it’s good enough for him…......

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 11:10 PM

Nice one 7

-- - Terry

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 11:22 PM

Thanks guys.
Good to know Monte, absolutely!

-- I'm so official all I need is a whistle --

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 11:51 PM

very nice mallet, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#6 posted 03-15-2014 12:40 AM

Well you just had to have more time to think about it, nice job

-- Norman

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#7 posted 03-15-2014 02:16 AM

Hell yea. Ive got a thing for mallets. Cool projects to make with lots of customization possible. The lettering you did is killer.

-- "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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#8 posted 03-15-2014 04:05 AM

Nicely done.

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#9 posted 03-15-2014 04:07 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 03-15-2014 02:07 PM

NICE!!!!!!!!! question….is that leather on the ends? and what are you going to use this for primarily. I made a biggie for one of my first projects, and was thinking about making a little one like this. would it be useable for chisels you think?

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#11 posted 03-15-2014 06:29 PM

Thank you thank you!

Kooldecker-yes thats leather on the ends. I don’t see any reason it couldn’t be used for chisels, although soon I am planning on making a turned mallet for chisels, everyone says that turned mallets work the best for carving and chisel work. Not quite sure on what I will primarily use it for, but I plan on using it in place of my regular hammer as long as I’m not driving nails or pounding on metal.

-- I'm so official all I need is a whistle --

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#12 posted 03-16-2014 12:00 AM

Beautiful looking mallet with a good transfer attitude ,meaning the joint should go together and the chisel will drive and the box will be square .

-- Kiefer 松

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#13 posted 03-16-2014 04:30 AM

This is awesome, great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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