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Mallets of your dreams

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waho6o9

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#151 posted 655 days ago

I like making mallets. The OSB mallets are an
inspiration from projects made by dean2336.
Thanks Dean2336.

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WhoMe

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#152 posted 654 days ago

waho6o9 – but do those OSB mallets really hold up? I would think that they would fall apart pretty easy since there is really no uniform grain direction for strength like the end grain of a solid wood mallet.
Or are they more for delicate work where the osb takes more of the impact than what ever you are hitting?

-- 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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#153 posted 654 days ago


Well here are some of my wackers.

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DKV

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#154 posted 654 days ago

My mallet.

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#155 posted 654 days ago

Great question WhoMe.
I just made them for the novelty of it and
haven’t used them yet.
I did smack it against the table for the heck of it and
it dented easily. Maybe it should be covered in leather.
Time will tell.

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WhoMe

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#156 posted 654 days ago

waho6o9, well, at least they look pretty cool with all the different grain orientations.

DKV, like the originality of your ‘mallet’

-- 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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RS Woodworks

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#157 posted 653 days ago

Here is a pair I made a couple years back. One for me and on for my dad. I use mine all the time to beat on my chisels, my dad’s hangs nicely on his wall. :D

Sorry for the link I don’t know how to put the pics directly in this post from there.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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chrisstef

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#158 posted 653 days ago

I love mallets. So customizable. RS – that a nice pair ya made there.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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bhog

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#159 posted 653 days ago

Heres the last mallet I made.Made it from scrap walnut.This one has an angled and square head.

And here was its first job.Smash flakes..

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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Bertha

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#160 posted 653 days ago

DKV, that might be my favorite post of your’s ever:) Dual function, to say the least. Who uses the claw end anyway. :)

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

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#161 posted 653 days ago

Hog – sprite zero? {edit}. Id rather drink the shellac flakes. Spoke shave shot all though … lovely … im thinkin calender.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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derosa

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#162 posted 653 days ago

What are some of the dimensions of the mallet heads? This thread has me feeling like I need a good whacker mallet to go with my turned piece and I’ve had a piece of walnut in my shop waiting for someday. So what are nice dimensions?
I’m thinking walnut outside with cherry in the middle, leave an opening in the middle with 7* sides to allow the handle to be wedged in and maybe offset turn the handle which could be a mix of cherry and walnut.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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carguy460

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#163 posted 653 days ago

Good question, derosa, and timely too. I was just playing around with some dimensions for my first mallet and wondered what all these beauties measured…I’m also wondering about handle-meets-head dimensions…

-- Jason K

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bhog

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#164 posted 652 days ago

Chrisstef atleast now we know why there are bigfoot sightings,hes heading on over to your place for a throater.Sinner.

Thanks for the nod on the pic though.It may be a candidate.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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Bertha

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#165 posted 652 days ago

The epic calendar is like HPV. It’s a matter of when, not if.
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Derosa, My biggest user is probably a 5×3.5 head. I’m not a big fan of laminated (I know, I know), but I made a walnut one (my favorite wood) on the lathe and I was too pu$sy to use it. Use it till you break it. Resist weakness.
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I have some massive blocks of curly maple that I bought from a LJ here and I’m planning a solid-body. I’m worried about grain direction. It seems you can’t win. I typed a sentence about head versus shaft, then started Beavis & Buttheading, so I deleted it.

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

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Bertha

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#166 posted 652 days ago

BTW, Waho is already my hero, so I can’t make him one. He just fortified his status.

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

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#167 posted 652 days ago

Thanks for making my day Bertha.

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#168 posted 652 days ago

Here’s one I made while I was in Kuwait. It’s constructed out of maple and walnut and has a coin of the unit I was attached to while I was there. It was a lot of fun and I’m thinking about making more.. Kind of addicting.

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terryR

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#169 posted 652 days ago

Love the spokeshaves…me jealous!

SDK…wow…that’s very nice! sorta deserves a display case…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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WhoMe

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#170 posted 652 days ago

If you are looking for basic mallet dimensions, this thread had a couple of links. I used one of the plans for my mallet.
Mallet Link

-- 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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#171 posted 652 days ago

SawDustKing,

I remember those coins.I recieved a few when I was in Iraq and I didn’t realize that they were so meaningful. I never saw another one after coming back. I never really “got 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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OnlyJustME

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#172 posted 652 days ago

Don’t you have to buy the beer if you don’t have your coin?

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

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chrisstef

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#173 posted 652 days ago

Dont threaten me with a good time BHog. Bigfoot shows up at my place and ill cash in on his ass. One time doesnt make it wrong does it?

Is it me or is a 1/8” chisel retardely hard to sharpen and keep square. Handly little guy but dang its small.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Bertha

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#174 posted 652 days ago

ill cash in on his ass. One time doesnt make it wrong does it?
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Lydexic’s been wrong hundreds of times.

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

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#175 posted 651 days ago

I am digging the Mallet love here. Here’s my family so far.

1. Brass hammer for $1 from flea market (for iron adjusting).
2. Round Pototo masher that should have never been used as a mallet, also $1.
3. Holly & Persimmons Thor Mallet in the middle, just made from scraps and bourbon, BLO finishing underway.
4. The Persimmons Persuader I use for loosening really stuck irons from wooden planes. It was an offcut I kept losing in the scrap bin, so I notched some finger rests in it and did some feeble carving so my lack of talent could haunt me every time I pick it up.
5. WaHo6o9’s kickass mallet, which is my absolute favorite – I find myself reaching for it always, and will probably cut the face of the thor mallet to a similar angle. Thanks Again Jimmy!

-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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#176 posted 651 days ago

I agree, about time we shared our mallets…

I did not include all the hammers I own, just the wooden mallets and my favorite (rosewood with brass).

This is the rest of my collection of lignum vitae mallets with bubinga handles, and one of the first ones I ever turned from a Maple 4×4.

It is so thick and clunky, but it can be handy using it as a larger persuader…

Thanks for the great topic, there are some amazing examples here!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#177 posted 651 days ago

IT, I love The Persimmons Persuader…think I need a version of that in my shop…

jusfine…now THAT is why I bought a lathe! Very nice work!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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OnlyJustME

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#178 posted 651 days ago

Thanks to chrisstef i finally got a proper whacker.
Red Oak head cut from a rafter used in the Mercy Monastery in Harford Connecticut sent to me by chrisstef and roughed out by him. White oak handle turned and assembled with walnut wedges by me with tung oil finish. I’ll call it my Mercy mallet. The head still has nail holes and bug holes. I opted to leave this history in the wood and like the rustic look of it. You know it’s old wood with square nail holes like that. It actually has some nice quilting(?) in the red oak head. i just couldn’t get it to show up in the pics.

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

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Bagtown

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#179 posted 651 days ago

Beauty, eh.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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Bertha

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#180 posted 651 days ago

Goodness, Matt. I love it. That little aborted finial at the base speaks to me, as does the crevice on the head. That sounded bad, but I love the mallet.

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

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Bertha

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#181 posted 651 days ago

Bagtown,
http://www.heartofsackville.ca/
your joint? I’m salivating at the Waldorf and everything else on the menu.

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

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#182 posted 651 days ago

Al, yes my wife and I own the cafe.
These days my wife manages it and I only go in occasionally to come up with new recipes, etc.
Best coffee for miles.
We’re in a small university town pop 5000ish.
Currently rated #1of 17 restaurants on Tripadvisor.

Right now, I’m preparing to go get my class one license and go driving.

Drop in anytime for lunch.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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chrisstef

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#183 posted 650 days ago

Al – if youre interested in some of the mallet head wood i can send a chunk your way. I think ive still got about 8’ of it left. Original grime (patina) included. That goes for anyone else here too.

Might have some stuff coming out of a previously government owned building in which some rather strange animal testing was once done. Monkeys, horses, creepy place. Built in the 30’s. Roof joists and trusses. Hoping to score some more red oak timbers.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Bertha

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#184 posted 650 days ago

Bagtown, I’m quite impressed; so much so that I’m considering abandoning my “Not Stepping Foot In California” policy (guns). I’m really digging your menu; and your tasteful site. Christef is a coffee snob; perhaps he’ll drop in for a sample. I really respect guys with the stones to go restauranteuring (is that a word? is now).
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Stef, in on creepy monkey stuff. I passed on a stuffed monkey with cymbals once; insert regret. Let me know what you’re looking for and we’ll arrange a 2-guys/1-cup style swap. There is major construction in my holler and there are massive maple segments everywhere. I figured I’d grab one and it was so heavy I’d need a TommyLift.

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

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#185 posted 650 days ago

The creepy wood is probably a few months out. We arent gonna tear tha roof off until spring, hell i cant even get into that part of the building yet due to asbestos contamination so theres some level of speculation on timbers but i do know that its wood framed from the 1930’s blueprints. I do have the monastary wood though (hows that for an oxymoron?) that Matt used on his mallet. 2 dudes one cup … (shivers) ... im down for some swapping.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#186 posted 650 days ago

Al, I hate to burst your bubbles, but New Brunswick is not that close to California… just look North (in Canada of course!). :)

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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Bagtown

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#187 posted 650 days ago

Just above Maine here Al.
:)

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#188 posted 650 days ago

Jusfine, I can get to Canada around CA;) Did I screw up on Bagtown’s location? I thought he was in Fresno.
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Jusfine, leave the porch light on for me and a trusty steed. I’m on my way:)

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

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Bertha

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#189 posted 650 days ago

How did I screw that up so bad? Bagtown, get the French Press warmed up and a Waldorf prepped. Road trip:)
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I will never forgive myself for thinking your were in CA. Penance awaits me tonight. It will involve both flogging and mousetraps.

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

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#190 posted 650 days ago

The horses are at the gate waiting on you…
It is probably a longer trip to visit me than it would be for you to make it to California – but you can bring your guns to Alberta.

The barn lights are on.

Al, I think you saw the .CA website and assumed it was California

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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Bertha

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#191 posted 650 days ago

I live in Sackville, NB Canada.
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Lol. How that turned into Fresno, I will never quite understand;) Freudian?
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Jusfine,....... :) that was one of those split-second warming images.

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

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thedude50

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#192 posted 647 days ago

Al i am near fresno where the toys are made

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thedude50

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#193 posted 647 days ago

Cristef I would love to be on the list to get a piece to make another wacker out of your monastery wood if you have enough pm me and ill send you an address I think I can turn a nice handle or shape one with the shinto rasp

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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thedude50

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#194 posted 647 days ago

sackville is another name for Sacramento I think that is where you got the idea and ca is the abbreviation for California.

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Bagtown

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#195 posted 645 days ago

Hey Al,

No prob.
Thats where I get my user name from, Sackville – - – Bagtown…..
Come by anytime.
:)

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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thedude50

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#196 posted 645 days ago

Well guys it looks like things are making a turn for the better I am going to get a couple of mallets made here I think i should be able to kick them out quickly Thanks for the wood chris Ill watch for the ups guy every day. I will get the lather fired up too. and make a nice pair of handles

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Bertha

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#197 posted 645 days ago

I’m not the sharpest tool, Bagtown; but I am a tool;)
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More mallet pics!

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

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WhoMe

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#198 posted 644 days ago

OnlyjustME, your mallet looks like Thor’s Hammer. Nice design.

-- 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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OnlyJustME

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#199 posted 644 days ago

That’s what my wife said. lol
I call it my Mercy Mallet. (due to where the wood for the head came from)
It’s also used in place of anesthesia. lol
Thanks

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

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chrisstef

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#200 posted 639 days ago

This thread needed a little revival, and i got just the ticket. I was pleasantly surprised when i got home from work last night to find a package at the door. A LJ man pack as i like to call them, from Matt, LJ OnlyJustME … yeaaaa buddy. Inside the pile of shaving, which i was scolded for opening on the kitchen counter lol, was the most kick ass whoopin stick ive ever seen. Suck it Thor. A black Locust mallet. Im in love, it fits my grip to the T.

Just for size reference, here it is behind a block plane. Matt, i cant thank you enough bro!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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