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I am thinking about making a mallet but have no access to hardwoods.
Can a decent mallet be made with pine, fir and / or hemlock or should I not bother until hardwood can be had?

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#1 posted 611 days ago

A hardwood would be best but I guess it would depend on what you were going to use it for? Most big box stores have oak.

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#2 posted 611 days ago

If I had to make a mallet without the use of hardwoods I would laminate one with 1/4 inch strips alternating the grain pattern. If you can get some osb laminate some of that together.

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#3 posted 611 days ago

no access to hardwoods.

Seriously, you don’t know anyone who will give you a piece of firewood, you can’t ride the back roads and find a fallen branch beside the road?

But, I agree with above though, if you don’t have any hardwood, so you’ll only be working in softwood, and only using it on softwood, a softwood mallet would last quit a while.

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#4 posted 611 days ago

Get a hardwood pallet – all the oak you want there.

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#5 posted 611 days ago

donw: No one I know even has a fireplace and, where I live, the majority of the trees are pine.
dhazelton: Wood newbie here. How to I tell a oak pallet from a non-oak? Or are they all oak?

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#6 posted 611 days ago

Trust me if you grab a pine pallet vs a oak pallet the one you grunt on to pick up is oak…... Never thought of pallets as a good source for lumber but they are, just check for nails and such….

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#7 posted 611 days ago

I would try to find a piece of hardwood first, you would just be wasting your time on softwoods. you can get some Oak at home Depot and make one out of that. there is a home depot over on 192 ave. I know I used to live in Washougal.

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#8 posted 611 days ago

If you are considering using it for forceful strikes, do you plan to use an end-grain surface? Using it on the long grain might result in splitting very quickly. You would have to make the handle separately and join them together.

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#9 posted 611 days ago

Get a chunk of big leaf maple or alder, it is abundant in your area and will make fine mallet material.

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#10 posted 611 days ago

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#11 posted 611 days ago

If you have no hardwood- why do you need a mallet?

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#12 posted 611 days ago

So the general consensus seems to be use hardwood if at all possible. I’ll see what I can come up with.

Dan: A couple reasons. 1) For setting joints without using a hammer, 2) for use with chisel instead of hammer, 3) To say that I did.

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#13 posted 611 days ago

Aw do it anyways it’s good practice and you can always make another one if you wear it out or break it.
MIKE

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#14 posted 611 days ago

The good thing about being a woodworker is you can make a mallet out of pine now and later on make another out of some hard wood. I have a student that finds broken furniture and makes what ever he wants out of it.
For setting joints you can use a rubber hammer,for chisels I prefer a carvers mallet. I say go for it no matter what material you use. There are folks on Ljs that even make some pretty wild stuff out plywood ?

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#15 posted 611 days ago

I agree with Jim – Craigslist is full of unwanted free furniture. I got lots of maple. There was a lot of oak on CL that I did not go for, I was aiming for the top of my maple workbench which I achieved.

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