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Project by Skip Mathews posted 07-03-2014 03:07 AM 1519 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a mallet I made for chopping mortises while building my work bench.
The first head I made was yellow pine but it blew apart in no time.
I kept the handle and made a new head with green mulberry that I cut out of a tree.
Mulberry is the cousin to hedge (i didn’t know that) but the woods look very similar.
I hammered away with this one cutting half inch mortises through 6×6 yellow pine and it is still good as new.
They say form follows function, all I was going for here was function, sometimes simple is the best.

-- Being focused on a project is the best meditation, it allows you to live in the moment"

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#1 posted 07-03-2014 09:10 AM

very cool – i like the rustic look and the non slip handle ;)

Nice tapered tenon construction – thats not goin anywhere

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 04:45 PM

I really like the rustic look. Nice mallet.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#3 posted 07-03-2014 05:50 PM

Thanks guys! – I like the functional look for most things. Simple design and just enough work to get what you need for good tool.

-- Being focused on a project is the best meditation, it allows you to live in the moment"

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#4 posted 07-05-2014 09:12 PM

Love the size of this mallet, reminds me of THOR and my kids agree, great work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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