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Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster posted 438 days ago 558 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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438 days ago

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Hey guys,

I am planning on making a croquet mallet this week and was hoping to use some teak I picked up for the mallet head. I don’t want to go buy any wood and the only exotic I have on hand is teak. I have read that teak is hard and dense, but can be somewhat brittle.

Do any of you have any experience using teak for a mallet head or in any other harsh impact situation? Let me know what you think.

I have never worked with it before, but would love to use it for this project if it will withstand the constant whacking.


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#1 posted 438 days ago

Interesting question, I’m curious about how teak would perform in this situation also. I’ll be following this to see what the other bright minded Jocks have to say.

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#2 posted 438 days ago

Sounds like you may be planning on “extreme croquet,” if you plan on swinging the mallets that aggressively. Isn’t that going to be a new reality TV competition (reality TV: giving a bad name to reality).

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#3 posted 438 days ago

Teak is used lots on boats but though I’ve used lots, I’ve never used in an impact situation. Commonly woods with a more knitted grain like Malaysian gumwood or purpleheart would be used for those spots as they are hard to split. Teak will split quite easily. Its main advantage is resistance to the marine environment.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#4 posted 438 days ago

Yeah, the splitting is exactly what I’m worried about. I think wood glue would hold it together to some extent if I did laminated layers, but I’m afraid a solid whack still might fracture the head of the mallet.

Reason I bring this is up is that My sister gave me a croquet set for Christmas and we broke two of the mallets during our first game. We weren’t doing anything crazy, just normal play. So I kind of want to make a set that is invincible

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#5 posted 438 days ago

I believe “banding” the mallet allows the grain to be perpendicular with the ball at strike. This would be done with tin strapping, and I believe is where the traditional paint scheme comes frome (the stripping matching the banding) But check this out to be sure.

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#6 posted 437 days ago

Thanks Joey. Good read

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