My Cabinet Maker's Mallet #1: Stock Prep

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 02-26-2008 04:45 AM 972 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of My Cabinet Maker's Mallet series Part 2: The first two glue ups and finished shaping the handle »

I have restarted working on my Cabinet as shown in an eairler project I have already made two of these and this one is for me.

Mallet Before

The Maple and the Walnut have been planed down to the 3/16” thickness, the mahogany is still a bit on the thick side and needs to be run through a couple of more times to get it just right, then it will be time to cut it to length then start the lamination

The handle has been roughed out and I am going to do a bit more shapine in the middle to have it better fit my hand.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 02-26-2008 04:56 AM

This is a nice start on your mallet. I really need to make one of these. I will be watching these posts with interest.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-26-2008 11:50 AM

That’s a nicely sculptured handle. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

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#3 posted 02-26-2008 02:59 PM

Nice but I seem to have lost perspective on the size of it. what is the length of the handle? It looks huge, or is it just me.

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#4 posted 02-26-2008 03:53 PM

I’ll be watching this one!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 02-26-2008 05:02 PM

The handle is long on purpose. You setup a bridge over a 1/2” round over bit (basically a 1×4 ran through the TS at 12 degree bevel on both edges on the flat, cut a hole to accommodate the bit and clamp it to you router table) and the additional length gives you control as you round over the compound angles on the handle. Once done you cut the bottom to length then glue the head to the handle and since the head has a slight curve you cut/scrape/sand the top of the handle to length once you put shims in the kerfs that you see in the pic.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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