Dead blow mallet - finally made me one.

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Project by mafe posted 02-03-2015 10:33 PM 6769 views 20 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dead blow mallet
finally made me one!

I remember years back when I started out on this wood journey, I saw a picture of a DIY dead blow mallet and was really fascinated, bought a small pack of lead beads and put it on my once to do list… Years later now I found that pack of lead beads and decided I had to finally make it, not because I needed one, but because it was a dream back then and it made me kind of travel down memory lane to make it into reality.

You can read more in the wee blog:

1. The dead blow mallet.
2. Scrap wood, recycle rules.
3. The construction.
4. Glue the sandwich.
5. Glue up head and handle.
6. Home sweet home.

Hope this can inspire others to make their own tools and recycle.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 10:35 PM

Cool build as always! Never occurred to me that you can build your own dead blow mallet, adding to my list :)

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 10:44 PM

I have 2 rubber and 1 maple mallets, I considered a dead blow but never got around to buying or building one.

-- I meant to do that!

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 10:47 PM

Nice Mads.I like it in wood. My plastic dead blow hammer leaves black marks on the wood. Yours is much better and better looking too. Great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 11:27 PM

Very nice.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 11:44 PM

Found a link here the design that inspired me back then are from 1992 Shopnotes, and I can see it was originally a joiners mallet, so the idea was not to make it a dead blow in the design I saw back then. Smiles, perhaps I should do research before and not after. But at the end I guess it does not matter, since I have just made it into a dead blow by putting less lead beads inside.
Here you can find a link for the 1992 drawings.
Btw. you should take a look at our friend Kiefers mallets they are in a special class.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 11:54 PM

another wonderful tool Geppetto

you sure do nice work

so you improved an old design
good for you

whatever whacks your dreams

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 02-04-2015 12:11 AM

Here are the one from Madts:
And here you can see it hanging out:
I can see I made a few mallets…
OMG, I think I lost it!
Perhaps one more, but now back to the workbench.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#8 posted 02-04-2015 12:59 AM

Beatiful Mads. New toy for the shop. Congratulations!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#9 posted 02-04-2015 01:01 PM

A nice functional dead blow mallet. It’s on the list. Great blog too.

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

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#10 posted 02-04-2015 01:38 PM

Mads, so nice it looks store bought.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 02-04-2015 06:53 PM

is the black one on the far right in your last picture for really bad days or attitude adjustments :-)

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#12 posted 02-04-2015 07:29 PM

Way kewl bud you outdid yourself

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 02-04-2015 11:39 PM

Dug, big smile had to look that word up!
Notw, sometimes it’s needed.
Dan, ohh no! Laugh.
doubled, that list have a tendency to grow.
Gerardo, thanks, yes boys need toys.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 02-05-2015 11:42 AM

Nice Mads, Keep marking things off that to do list.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#15 posted 02-05-2015 01:08 PM

Nice Job Mads,
I also have recently gotten the mallet bug. A couple years ago while digging through a scrap yard I found
a number of round aluminum cutoffs. I decided they would make nice mallets, I have been tuning them on my wood lathe. Aluminum really cuts quite easily with wood tools. If you are interested you can check out my projects and see them as well as a couple wooden mallets.

Keep up the good work, and have a blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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