Describe your favorite/ideal Chisel Mallet?

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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 06-01-2012 01:16 AM 1914 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2012 01:16 AM

As above…

Head and face material? Weight? Shape? Shop built or Brand? Length?

There seems to be a lot of choices out there!

Bonus question: do you have a different one for mortises than general chopping?

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#1 posted 06-01-2012 01:30 AM

I like a BIG head, rectangular with relieved edges in case I miss I don’t damage either myself of my workpiece. Walnut, and Oak go well together, and of course it has to be shop built… Kind of like THIS one…

Then again, I might be biased…

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 01:30 AM

lets see, the one I use the most when chopping mortises? 32oz Ball pean hammer, ain’t got time to mess around with them. Chop and go.

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#3 posted 06-01-2012 01:46 AM

shopmade, large and balanced, reclaimed white oak from pallet wood, head is 3”x5”x2.5” and ends are cut at 2° off of 90 (at 88°) to put the mallet impact inline with the chisel:
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#4 posted 06-01-2012 01:46 AM

See walnut and oak. What other woods make good mallets?

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#5 posted 06-01-2012 03:39 AM

I made mine from hard maple with a strip of cherry just for color.. oak handle.. made it in two sizes regular work and look out coming through.. that’s the one that does most of the mortising… the 32oz ball peen sounds a little scary but fun.. it just needs to fit you, what feels good to me may not be to your liking, so its nice to make your own.. its an easy project and its always better when you can use tools you made yourself…

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#6 posted 06-01-2012 03:46 AM

Shop made no doubt. Scrap Zebra wood, with scrap brass inlay, and rose wood scrap I think. Fun to make, yeppers.

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#7 posted 06-01-2012 04:16 AM

I’ve found bocote and jatoba to be decent woods. Here are two that I’ve made. I’ve thought about turning a third one on the lathe, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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#8 posted 06-01-2012 04:50 AM

I tend to use a ball pein hammer… perhaps 12 oz.

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#9 posted 06-01-2012 06:58 AM

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#10 posted 06-02-2012 01:23 AM

Since I’m just starting out and don’t have any wood (except a couple of boards of 2/4 poplar), where would be a good place to get just enough wood for making a mallet? How much would I need?

Also, do brass heads have any use in wood working? I see a few in online stores but haven’t seen what they would be used for?

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