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Forum topic by ChefHDAN posted 05-19-2015 03:15 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2015 03:15 PM

Hello LJ’s Busy weekend coming so I’m stealing a mid week day off getting to get in some shop time. I’ve been wanting to build a mallet (3pc sandwich) for some time & I’ve got a pile of reclaimed wood to work with. The head will be built from mostly ipe, maybe a red oak center, and will be pretty solid & densely heavy. I picked up a stick of wood from the parking lot at the big box store that looked like a strapping brace for a pallet & thought it was oak, but now I’m not too sure, tulip poplar maybe??? Since I know there are some super wood sleuths here & I’ve paid attention to the what “what wood is this game” (quiet DKV, it’s at least a 3 star question) there are pics below in daylight with two faces and end grain wet with MS. Please help me ID it and give a thumbs up or down if you’d use it for a mallet handle. As always immeasurable thanks & respect LJ’s


This one was shot in shop with a light aimed across

Looks like I need to sharpen the jointer blades…

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#1 posted 05-19-2015 03:28 PM

It reminds me of a breed called parana pine. I first saw this about 22 years ago when I worked at a lumber yard. I am sure the boss got it on the cheap and it sold because it had nice colors.

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#2 posted 05-19-2015 03:42 PM

Thumbs up it’d make a great handle.

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#3 posted 05-19-2015 03:45 PM

It does have nice colors.

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#4 posted 10-28-2015 11:38 PM

Rainbow Poplar aka Tulip poplar. Seems like a nice choice for a handle, provided its heavy enough to balance the head. What will you make the head out of? Did you make the mallet btw?

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#5 posted 10-29-2015 03:14 AM



Hello LJ s Busy weekend coming so I m stealing a mid week day off getting to get in some shop time. I ve been wanting to build a mallet (3pc sandwich) for some time & I ve got a pile of reclaimed wood to work with. The head will be built from mostly ipe, maybe a red oak center, and will be pretty solid & densely heavy. I picked up a stick of wood from the parking lot at the big box store that looked like a strapping brace for a pallet & thought it was oak, but now I m not too sure, tulip poplar maybe??? Since I know there are some super wood sleuths here & I ve paid attention to the what “what wood is this game” (quiet DKV, it s at least a 3 star question) there are pics below in daylight with two faces and end grain wet with MS. Please help me ID it and give a thumbs up or down if you d use it for a mallet handle. As always immeasurable thanks & respect LJ s


This one was shot in shop with a light aimed across

Looks like I need to sharpen the jointer blades…

- ChefHDAN


Hmmm, I was hoping that this was some really nice curl…

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#6 posted 10-31-2015 02:28 AM

Mallet build got a bit out of hand, it was sort of a scrap project build caused from excessive youtube viewing. I decided to use some red oak that I had for the handle instead of the poplar since the head was very heavy. The head is a sandwich of some Ipe cutoffs and some lightly spalted white oak from a piece I picked up from a tree that was bucked and left in place. I wound up with cutoffs from the large head so I decided to make a small one as a goof. I saw many versions and since I could not decide between the angled face and the dome face I put one on each end. Ironically, the little one I made as a goof seems to get the most use, just seems to be perfect when something needs a few light taps to adjust etc.

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