Mahogany Mallet and Pushsticks

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Project by gizmodyne posted 04-21-2007 06:24 AM 3494 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these in my woodworking 101 class.

The pushsticks are decadent..made of solid mahogany and finished with danish oil. You can see that I have used it well.

The mallet is an interesting project. The head is made by laminating three identical pieces. However the middle piece is cut up to remove the space for the handle. Walnut dowels hold the head together. I detailed the handle with a chamfer bit. The weight of the mallet is about right. The angles are not perfect but it is good for chisel work.

The breadboard ends for my Greene and Greene Coffee Table came from the same board as these.

Also shown.. a homemade sanding block.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 04-21-2007 06:26 AM

I really like the mallet. It looks like it would work great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 04-21-2007 06:41 AM

Mahoganey for push sticks? Our local Woodsmith store is selling Mahogoney for $10/bdft. I’m not sure what kind of mahagoney they’re selling but I don’t think I’d make push sticks out of it. The mallet on the other hand looks SWEET!

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#3 posted 04-21-2007 07:20 AM

I said decadent. :)

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 04-21-2007 10:41 AM

very special indeed!! love the mallet

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 04-21-2007 03:43 PM

The mallet looks great…nice detail with the walnut dowels. It adds a nice touch.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 04-22-2007 05:14 AM

How do the angles on that mallet work, Giz? Do you find it harder to use? Or easier? Traditionally, the joiner’s mallet has a striking surface that is parallel to the plane of the handle…

-- Ethan,

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#7 posted 04-22-2007 05:55 AM

These are just super. I really think it’s great to use beautiful wood on things like this though I know what Bass is saying. The mallet is beautiful but I have the same question Ethan is asking about the face. Great job regardless. Thanks for posting these!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 04-22-2007 06:01 AM

reminds me of CarverRog’s sandpaper box and shop brush… classy.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 04-22-2007 07:26 AM

Nice mallet for chiseling. And the pushsticks are standard in everyones shop, or should be. It always makes you feel good to use tools you make. nice joc gizmo. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 04-24-2007 04:58 AM

Good stuff, Giz. I’m thinkin’ you’ll have the mallet for quite a long time. I have to admit I’m curious about the mallet too. I just want to know because I’d like to make one someday. Thanks!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#11 posted 04-25-2007 04:30 PM

Hmm… I thought I replied to this. Weird. Thanks for the feedback.

As to the mahogany. I usually make large projects so I tend to burn anything under a 1 foot (or make jigs). I just don’t have room for scraps.

As to the angle…. It works great for chisel work. I believe that many mallets are angled so that the striking angle is more parallel to the workpiece when pounding. It is not great for directly persuading joints because the striking surface is not that large. The chamfered handle feels great though.

People make some crazy mallets in the Cerritos Woodworking 101 class:

I recommend a project like this to all.

We have another that is too big for anything other than clubbing intruders.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#12 posted 04-25-2007 06:05 PM

Looks great for vampire hunting…


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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