|Project by jjw5858||posted 03-22-2014 08:48 PM||1048 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
Hello friends, I hope all of you are well and enjoying your current projects.
This is my first official mallet. I had been wanting to make one, but I just always seemed to be on to a spoon or other project. I enjoyed the challenge of doing the side chamfers with my #4 Stanley plane just as I learned from Paul Sellers. The handles/tenons fox wedges were also a new thing for me to try. I added some Oak dowels to add decoration as well as a sort of wooden nail arrangement for extra joinery. The dowels also played off of my Oak wedges. I am very pleased with the weight and feel of this new bench companion. The head is not weighted, I wanted something for lighter contact.
Once you get into the swing of things you can really do a lot with a small amount of tools. Many of these tools were inexpensive auction finds cleaned and sharpened for use. I hope this may inspire more people to try the wonderful experience of hand tool work. Making this was a great introduction to more mallet making. I have some more style ideas in the think tank for future attempts. This was a good and fun project to learn more about traditional woodworking and I thank you for looking!
Tools used and I listed prices for those bought at an auction:
Stanely #4 (I spent $10 dollars and refurbished it)
Spoke shave, ($5 Dollars)
Vaughn combo hammer
Disston crosscut saw ($5 Dollars)
1” Craftsmen chisel (for paring)
Stanley 3/4 chisel (for the mortice)
Boiled linseed Oil (2 coats)
And anything else I forgot..lol.
Take care and keep making shavings!
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB