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Posted on How much angle if any do you like to put on your mallet?

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#1 posted 04-28-2010 04:59 AM

I made note of something I saw one time…many years ago in print related to timberframing. It went something like this. (It will require an assistant) Make the mallet but don’t angle the face yet. Then take a string that is more than twice the length of your forearm plus twice the length of the mallet (it is no problem if it is too long, but no good if too short). Hold the mallet in your hand, like you would normally hold it. Put your elbow on the mid point in the string, then have your assistant ron both ends of the string up to mallet’s head on opposite sides of the handle. The string will mark the lines on the mallet head to give you the angle that matches your arm for your mallet. Mark the lines and cut to them.

Sorry I just realized this description is hard to follow…. I’ll work on getting a photo the method … it is easier to see it than read about it.

This method really only works if you are swinging your mallet from your elbow as the pivot point. If you are swinging it from your wrist (for small work) you have to string it from the pivot point of your wrist instead of your elbow.

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