Roy's Mystery Mallet #4: How Small Can You Go?

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Blog entry by pastorglen posted 03-16-2012 02:27 AM 11461 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I had some extra time on my hands… and I wondered, just how small can you go with this rising dovetail mystery mallet?

So I pulled out a piece of 3/4” oak that was sitting around, cut it in half, and started laying out the cuts for a very thin “mallet.” I used a blue pen, which is part of the dark line you see along the joints. (They actually are very tight—tighter than I expected.) I didn’t take a lot of time to in laying it out, and my entire time in the shop was 45 minutes. As you can see, I did not include the tenon. But I did include both side dovetails.

Why am I posting this? To show how versatile and simple this joint really is. I also wanted to check to see if you actually need to relief-cut the back sides of the dovetails. I didn’t this time. I simply clamped dovetails to compress them and began sliding it in place. I used a 3 lbs hammer to drive the “handle” into the “head,” but I didn’t really it it that hard this time. Once it got started, the whole thing went together very easily.

Practice. This is a great exercise in layout, chiseling, sawing, getting your head around these goofy angles!

So get out to the shop and have some fun!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 03:46 AM


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 11:03 PM

Glen, your having too much fun with this! But I think you can go smaller :)

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#3 posted 03-17-2012 12:58 AM

Tim… you made ma laugh right out loud.

I’ll see…


-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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