Purpleheart Joiner's Mallet

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Project by RMorris posted 02-10-2015 03:34 PM 1893 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what happens when you have no spare money and need a good mallet. I had some purpleheart laying around and figured I might try making my own mallet from some videos I had seen. It is 4 3/4” purpleheart pieces glued together: 2 outside boards and 2 inside boards that are tapered for the handle and have holes in the center for lead weights to give it some extra oomph. The handle is made from a piece of pallet wood I had lying around and I used purpleheart to wedge the top for a secure fit. I also fitted a piece of leather on one end for a softer touch on delicate pieces.

-- If you are going to make it, make it last.

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#1 posted 02-10-2015 04:07 PM

Nice mallet.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 05:50 PM

Nice mallet. I like the purpleheart cause it’s some pretty hard lumber and has great color. Nice touch on the shape of the head. What did it end up weighing with the lead? Also did you make it as a dead blow or just added the lead for weight?

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

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#3 posted 02-10-2015 06:06 PM

Yea, I chose the purpleheart for those exact reasons. I am not sure what the final weight of the hammer is but it is definitely on the heavier side. Great for choking up on the handle for a sensitive but solid hit. At the time of building this I was not well educated on hammer types, I built it more out of need than extensive thought, however I first put in the lead for added weight but it is not tightly packed so it acts as a dead blow to a certain extent. More like a hybrid though.

-- If you are going to make it, make it last.

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#4 posted 02-11-2015 02:23 AM

I just really like this a whole bunch.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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