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Mallets of your dreams

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posted 10-05-2012 02:33 PM


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#1 posted 10-05-2012 02:36 PM

I’ll post in and follow this one! But I too am mallet-less….

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#2 posted 10-05-2012 02:40 PM

I’ll play. My very humble chisel mallet, first lathe project. Scrap cherry, beech from a no-account wooden jack.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 02:44 PM

Shameless copy/paste from the chisel thread:

I prefer a round mallet for use with chisels. I have a few, but my favorite is a maple version that my mother gave me. She’s an ex-antique collector. When she owned this tool, it was a potato masher. As soon as I took possesion, it became a mallet. LOL.
FYI- these are in virtually every antique store East of the Mississippi River, and can be had for under $5.

Pictured beside a 1.75” Buck Bros.

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#4 posted 10-05-2012 02:46 PM

Very nice Smitty
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Ted, that mallet sort of reminds me of one of those old leg lamps… except oddly proportioned for a leg lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#5 posted 10-05-2012 02:48 PM

Maybe a Peg Leg Lamp…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#6 posted 10-05-2012 03:00 PM

Smitty – I like that mallet…it looks fancy!

Ted – that mallet looks like it means business! The handle looks pretty comfy too.

-- Jason K

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#7 posted 10-05-2012 03:03 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/71999

Got a chance to use this for the first time last night. First attempt at hand cut dovetails! First joint, cut the tails, chopped out the waste, all good. Next, cut the pins, chopped out the waste, all… oops. I chopped out the pins and left the waste. Doh! But it wasn’t the mallet’s fault. :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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#8 posted 10-05-2012 03:09 PM

John- Very nice!

A Stanley #11 lignum vitae mallet. For me, it’s an effective dust collector so far…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#9 posted 10-05-2012 03:16 PM

Some great mallets here. I think I’m going to try and make the one Ted posted it seems to be shaped nicely for several different grip options.

However, I love Smitty’s and it looks like a fun turning exercise.

Here is what I’ve been using. Made before having a lathe. Firewood Red Oak, inspired by Asian carving mallets I’ve seen. Very simple but handy, you can hold it anywhere. Roughed out with my machete and jointed with hand planes.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 10-05-2012 03:28 PM

Mauricio, I just want to to say that after seeing your saw bench and mallet, I am going to add a machete to my woodworking tools arsenal!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#11 posted 10-05-2012 03:32 PM

Smitty, don’t you have an cool, patina’d, vintage mallet with a round head? I recall seeing it in some of your picks a while back.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#12 posted 10-05-2012 03:38 PM

nwbusa, sweet mallet, I havent chopped of my pins yet but made tons of other mistakes, I bet you’ll never do that again and mark out your wast next time. ;-)

The machete works, It takes the place of a Hewing hatchet and drawknife but its not the ideal tool for the job. But hey, we need excuses to whip out the machete, just feels bad aas. LOL.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 10-05-2012 03:40 PM

Just the three posted here… No surprises to pull out at this point!

Here’s the third, an old oak woodie I’ve had since I was about 10, I think…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#14 posted 10-05-2012 03:41 PM

I’ve seen a video on youtube where Mexican carvers us a short fat machete to rough out their sculptures. That would be idea. I wish I had one. A standard machete is too long so the repetetive chopping its tough on your wrist

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 10-05-2012 04:26 PM

John – I really like the contrast on that mallet!

Smitty – that Stanley mallet looks huge! I need one like that to compensate for my small…hands.

Mauricio – your machete made whacker reminds me that I actually DO have a mallet! Dad made it for me when I was 10 for my leather tooling. Its just a single piece of osage orange that he shaped…I’ll have to dig it out and get a pic.

-- Jason K

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#16 posted 10-05-2012 05:06 PM

Well…I have the boring, store bought Crown Tools mallet. No lathe here, so no cool turned mallets coming my way. I will probably make a square type mallet soon.

What does the panel think about those urethane wrapped mallets?

I have mallet/man hammer envy : (

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#17 posted 10-05-2012 05:21 PM

This would be a great way to spend a Sunday.

Who’s up for it?

Mystery Mallet

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#18 posted 10-05-2012 05:23 PM

Smitty – That last mallet is the one that I was thinking of.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#19 posted 10-05-2012 05:43 PM

Can you fly me out there Scott? lol I would… I’d like to make one like that. There was an episode of Woodwrights Shop that he showed one of those.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#20 posted 10-05-2012 06:37 PM

My two beaters…

both well used…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#21 posted 10-05-2012 06:45 PM

I think I want to make that mystery mallet…I’m sure I could really REALLY screw that up!

-- Jason K

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#22 posted 10-05-2012 06:49 PM

He did an article in PW on how to make it not to long ago.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#23 posted 10-05-2012 06:55 PM

I think I have that issue stashed somewhere…I think he may have done a woodwrights shop episode on it, but I could be wrong

-- Jason K

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#24 posted 10-05-2012 07:04 PM

Shane – I’m not sure that I’ve seen the urethane wrapped mallets…sounds different…

-- Jason K

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#25 posted 10-05-2012 07:19 PM

OK, I showed these before on the chisels thread.
These are what I use. The mallet came from a yardsale 15 or 20 years ago.
The little Stanley hammer came from my Moms toolbox. I use it for the fine work with really sharp chisels.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#26 posted 10-05-2012 07:21 PM

ha ha ha, Would that be in the Maul category? Is thats what they are called once they are that big?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#27 posted 10-05-2012 07:27 PM

Hey Maurico, it works for me. If it’s hitting too hard I just choke up on the handle.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#28 posted 10-05-2012 07:43 PM

Bagtown’s mallet is used to intimidate chisels.

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#29 posted 10-05-2012 08:16 PM

I need to get a lathe so I can turn some round mallets. That would also help consume my hoard of small cutoffs that I can’t seem to part with.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#30 posted 10-05-2012 08:34 PM

I just made this one a couple of weeks ago, I have been beating the crap of it ever since ! :) the head is solid Cherry and the handle is Maple. I love it.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#31 posted 10-05-2012 09:15 PM

That’s a nice mallet, Steve. How is the handle attached? Through tenon?

-- John, BC, Canada

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#32 posted 10-05-2012 09:28 PM

No old mallet here. Just one I completed less than a month ago. Again, Cherry and maple like others but from my scrap bin. Finished with diluted BLO.

Bookmarked this thread to see what is out there and maybe some ideas for a future project.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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#33 posted 10-05-2012 10:11 PM

nwbusa – Yep I chiseled it out.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#34 posted 10-05-2012 10:12 PM

I have a Blue Spruce 16 ounce mallet and I really is all it is cracked up to be… Love using it!!!

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#35 posted 10-05-2012 10:35 PM

those blue spruce are nice!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#36 posted 10-05-2012 10:43 PM

Yeah they are. Almost too pretty to use!

@Whome—nice mallet sir. I really like how you shaped the handle and the twin wedges in the head. Looking good!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#37 posted 10-05-2012 11:54 PM


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I need to take some pictures of my others, so for now:
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-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#38 posted 10-05-2012 11:54 PM

OMG, I should have never seen those spruce ones.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#39 posted 10-06-2012 12:36 AM

I know, right? And what’s really sick is that $85 doesn’t seem too much for one of them, which goes to show that I’ve sold my soul for shiny tools.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#40 posted 10-06-2012 12:44 AM

ill go n get a photo of my wackers

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#41 posted 10-06-2012 01:07 AM

I’m partial to the carver’s style myself. I turned this one out of hickory. It’s got the hockey-style friction tape wrap. Really helps.

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#42 posted 10-06-2012 01:20 AM

To quote Clint Eastwood, “There’s nothing like a good piece of hickory.” Nice mallet, JJohnston. The hockey tape would play well up here in these parts. :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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#43 posted 10-06-2012 01:43 AM

Most of you have seen my mallet but I’ll throw it in here as well.

The head is laminated jatoba and secured the cherry handle from scraps with a double wedge.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#44 posted 10-06-2012 01:49 AM

Love the hickory and the jatoba mallets, I can see a need for both a carving mallet for DTs and… Carving, and a square mallet when you need power like when chopping mortices.

Scott, do you have leather on both faces of that mallet?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#45 posted 10-06-2012 01:54 AM

Mauricio, yep leather on both faces because jatoba is so damn hard. I have decided that is not a good choice for a mallet head. It is great because it is heavy and durable but it dents whatever you hit with it.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#46 posted 10-06-2012 02:06 AM

Here is mine…

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#47 posted 10-06-2012 02:18 AM

Jorge for the win!

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#48 posted 10-06-2012 02:41 AM

Right now i just use either a dead blow mallet or regular hammer or the rounded end of a cut off shovel handle.
But now i have a lathe and will be turning some mallets soon.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#49 posted 10-06-2012 02:12 PM

I like a good mallet thread…...could someone make me one…....???

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#50 posted 10-06-2012 02:53 PM

Awesome thread! And perfect timing for ME. I just love you guys!

Gotta have one of those Blue Spruce…I’ve been using a stick of walnut from the firewood pile…sapwwod on one side…heartwood on the other. Works like crap…gonna build a mallet today darnit! You’ve all infected me. :-)

Cherry, Jatoba, and leather with double wedges? sweet…
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-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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