My First Attempt at a Joiner's Mallet

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Project by T8RB posted 02-02-2015 03:00 PM 1950 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first project started and was my first project that wasn’t exclusively done with power tools. I have a lot to learn about hand cutting mortises (which is evident by my use of wedges to tighten the fit of the glue up. It’s ugly as sin, but seems strong. I used a hatchet to split the rough handle from a split log of fire wood and I used a miter box to cut the head out of another log of firewood. I squared it all up on the table saw and then broke out the block plane, chisels, pocket knife, rasp, files and sandpaper to cut the mortise, shape the tenon, chamfer the edges of the head and round off the handle.

I don’t think it would make Mr. Underhill proud, but it was the first of many learning experiences ahead of me as I get deeper into woodworking.

-- "Man is a tool wielding animal."

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#1 posted 02-02-2015 03:47 PM

It turned out just fine. Looks very functional. You will appreciate it more since you made it yourself.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 06:27 PM

I have never met Roy Underhill. But what I have read about him, he would be very proud that you made something functional and nice from fire wood and an axe! Nice work!

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 06:51 PM

I think you did a fine job, a may not be Mr. Underhill, but I do have 40 years of woodworking and furniture
building under my belt if that means anything to you.

Have a great and blessed week, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#4 posted 02-02-2015 07:21 PM

Looks like a fine beating hammer! Make it to pretty and you won’t want to use it!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 04:04 AM

Thank you all for the encouragement. I’m hoping this will be the first of many project posts and I’m glad to see this is such a supportive environment for beginners.

-- "Man is a tool wielding animal."

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 03:53 PM

Looks good to me. I’ve seen Roy use a small log as a mallet, I think yours would work just fine.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 03-03-2015 09:28 AM

Very cool. Having the handle extend past the head gives it an Asian feel. I like it!! What kind of firewood is it?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#8 posted 03-03-2015 10:24 PM

Thank you, BTimmons and Rob!

Rob, I believe the head is oak and the handle looks like poplar to me. I had a bag of firewood from the grocery store and decided it was time to stop thinking about making one and just get started.

-- "Man is a tool wielding animal."

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