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Posted on Need help with a mallet design

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 04:01 PM

Thanks Jim. That’s exactly the site I use.

Update: The mallet is done. If you looked at it, you’d think it was the pure work of a gen…um, no, that’s not the right phrase. It’s a sight to beho….um, no, that’s not it either. It’s not to shabby. Yep, that’s the right phrase. :)

I’ll post up a photo tonight. It’s a three-piece head with lead fishing weights added. Everything is made from oak. Laminated together with titebond. Handle is about 12 inches long with 3 inches of that inside the head. ok, so it’s 12” in total length. Once it was laminated together and allowed to dry, I sanded it down and put on a coat of the Boiled Linseed Oil. I added a small ring-bolt in the end of the handle so it could hang above my bench.

To be honest, one mallet-face side is angled wrong. After the glue dried the next day (before I oiled it), I put it in a vise and pulled out my circular saw to even up a misaligned piece. That didn’t go as planned. I cut straight across but I didn’t have the blade perpendicular to the head – it was slightly askew. :( I figure it’s a reminder that I’m a rookie with this with limited tools. I’m proud of the mallet. If I wanted, I’ve got a friend who said he could square that side up for me. Next weekend project is a measuring gauge.

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