Oak Bench Mallet and a Walnut & Red Oak Mortising Mallet

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 05-02-2014 04:41 AM 4389 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One thing always leads to another in Fritter City, my shop. I read GraveDiggers review of Grammercy Holdfasts. I felt my credit card throbbing as I read the review.

A pair arrived in no time. But, an old rubber mallet didn’t seem to match the class of the Grammerys. So, matching dados were cut in claro walnut scrap and a red oak handle was fitted. The result seemed too nice to be beating on a steel holdfasts. I’ll reserve it for mortising.

Scrap white oak! That’ll make a good all purpose bopper. ( My generation never raps.) But, a good friend sold me his surplus Barracuda scroll chuck. And, yup, the white oak mallet project got completely carried away.

Shop notes: Both mallets have 11” handles, head to tail. The walnut head is 4 1/2 ”. The oak mallet has a 5” head anticipating damage and the need to resurface of the face.

Hard Lesson:
Use a thin, sparing coat of Gorilla glue on the handle. Dampen the receiving hole in the mallet head. An earlier mallet went in the “fire place” pile when the Tightbond seized.

Method: The beads on the handle were fitted into the head by repeatedly chalking the bead. The bead was then rubbed into the 1” dia. hole in the mallet head. The chalk marked the high spots. A Dremel tool with a mini-sanding drum was used to repeatedly remove the high shots. That’s right, I didn’t have much to do that day.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#1 posted 05-02-2014 08:47 AM

Real nice, I don’t know which one I like more. Especially like the handle on the “bopper”.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 05-02-2014 11:47 AM

Sweet pair of mallets. Outstanding turning on the oak handle, very nice design.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 05-02-2014 12:12 PM

I know what my next project on the lathe will be. Nice work, Thanks

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#4 posted 05-02-2014 02:05 PM

Thank you, Brethern, for the kind words. The mallets were two very rewarding projects. Over the years, I’ve have always enjoyed lathe projects. My love of woodworking began when my grandfather stood a young boy up to his turning lathe.

After “screwing” around marking centers and mounting stock, a scroll chuck is a marvelous addition to any turning lathe. I wish I could show to my grand dad.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#5 posted 05-03-2014 05:49 AM

Smart looking mallets. I like what you did with that turned handle.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 05-03-2014 08:30 PM

Nice boppers DJ!

-- Steve

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#7 posted 05-19-2014 12:37 PM

Both mighty fine adjustment tools.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 05-19-2014 12:45 PM

Beautiful mallets. Patience is an attribute I lack. It is good to hear stories where patience is used. Quality is the result.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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