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Forum topic by RandyMarine posted 09-27-2009 11:41 PM 52136 views 18 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2009 11:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question chisel mallet

I ave seen many great mallets on LJ’s for awhile now, and this weekend I made my daughters toddler bed. During that process I did a lot of chisel work and all I had was a deadblow hammer. Tis worked ok, but I figured if I had to cut more than what I did, I we be at it all week!

I decided I wanted to build one for this purpose. I have searched, like others have, for plans and the like, but have come up with nothing.

Can anyone tell me where I can find some, what wood to use, and basic dimentions?

Thanks for reading,

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#1 posted 09-28-2009 12:19 AM

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 12:35 AM
try these plans. Depending on the size of the holes you drill you can adjust the weight.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 10:31 PM

I have a story on a simple carvers mallet. I made a bunch of them in different sizes and styles, gasve some away but keep several around the shop because one was hardly ever close at hand when I need one!

Click Here to see the story

-- Tom Hintz,

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#4 posted 09-28-2009 10:43 PM

I have built some mallets (see here if you like) out of black locust from my garden. The best shape – in my experience – is that of the first link posted by Lew.

-- Antonio

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#5 posted 09-28-2009 11:52 PM

I have made a couple of mallets, (see projects), and they are rather easy. There are many ways to make them as there are styles…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 10-28-2013 11:40 PM

on Steve ramsey’s website search mallet

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#7 posted 10-29-2013 12:13 AM

see this tutorial:
I think this is the easiest way to make a great, solid mallet. Basically the style recommended by Antonio (Lew’s first link), but with a laminated head with the slanted mortise let in.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#9 posted 12-26-2013 06:49 AM

glentruan: Those are so COOL and simple… Just what I’m looking for…
Can you share the Plan with us? Very nice idea you have there… using them for advertising, etc.! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 12-26-2013 12:58 PM

Do you sell those mallets? They look great! Couldn’t find anything about them on your website.

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#11 posted 12-05-2016 11:29 AM

I just saw this post. If you want to make a round mallet, I have made a lot of them and I like the last ones I made with a 2 1/8 dia. head 6” long and a handle sticking 9” out of the head. I turn hand handle to fit my hand usually about 1 3/8” in the center of the grip. Here is one project:

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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