|Project by woodchips||posted 09-21-2008 03:57 PM||4365 views||5 times favorited||21 comments|
Here is my second attempt at a chisel mallet. My first one was solid maple and I’m currently using it in my shop pretty exclusively as a chisel mallet but if other things need a little “persuading” I use it for that stuff too. My reasoning behind putting purple heart around the head of each side of the mallet was for added weight and hardness but I have a question for any of you more experienced lumberjocks, will the purpleheart stand up being beat on a chisel handle without splintering off. I glued it up using titebond III and clamped for at least 12 hours. This is intended to be a Christmas gift for my brother. He doesn’t have a woodshop yet but as soon as they begin building that’s the first thing he’s going to build. So let me know what ya’ll think about the durability of the purpleheart. My solid maple hammer has stood up well under some very hard blows when I was cleaning out some mortises on whiteoak, so I was hoping the purpleheart would too.
Thanks for looking.
oh and I’m going to try and put an extra pic of the hammer here.
incidentally, the maple used for this hammer is reclaimed from an old maple bed frame that was being thrown away. I got about 15 full bend frames that were being thrown out from the women’s dorm of the university where I work in Plant Services. It’s a great place to work because I’m always getting first access to all kinds of wood. I just LOVE wood!
-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"