A mallet from the firewood pile

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Project by gepatino posted 07-27-2014 06:54 PM 1484 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

One good thing about home working is that if you find yourself stuck at something, or with some free time, you can use for whatever you want.

This tuesday I had a free afternoon, and inspired by Izzy Swan’s son ( took a couple of pieces of firewood from the pile and made myself a mallet in two or three hours.

I think the wood is poplar I’ve cut some weeks ago from a small tree some kids chopped this summer in our backyard. It was destined to be a part of the family asado this weekend, but it’s now a (hopefully) usefull tool.

I cleaned the bark with a pocket knife, make the mortise and tenon with chisels, and lock the tennon with a dowel.

Then some sanding to 150 grit, and one coat of tung oil.

I have to be more carefull in what I think you call the ‘make or break’ moment: when drilling the hole for the dowel I didn’t want to go all the way to avoid chipping in the other side, but I hammered the dowel too hard and split the other side anyways… the result in pic number 5. I must think twice before acting..

It’s a nice mallet anyway, and price tag is an absolute 0 since I used nothing but firewood, tools I already had, and a piece of cord I found around.

It’s not that heavy, but I think it would be enough to hammer some chisels or some tennons/dowels.

Well… that if I can take the mallet from Felipe, who should be thinking I made him a Thor’s hammer…


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#1 posted 08-04-2014 08:52 PM

That is a nice mallet, something that I have yet to make for myself. I also love project made with “whatcha got”.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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