Froe Mallet

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Project by Dragonsrite posted 02-07-2009 02:23 AM 8153 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When using a froe it’s nice to have a good heavy mallet. I couldn’t find one for a reasonable price, so I made this mallet.

The materials are Oak (old futon frame) and Walnut scraps. This mallet has a Tung Oil finish.

Problem is… I haven’t used it because I don’t want to beat it up. I’ll just have to make another uglier mallet.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 02-07-2009 02:27 AM

I agree it looks too good to use. Does it have a nice heft to it?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 02-07-2009 02:46 AM

It “feels” good. I would estimate the total weight somewhere around 6-8 pounds.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#3 posted 02-07-2009 02:50 AM

That’s one good looking mallet. You should certainly use it. If it gets beat up you’ll just have to make a new one and try to top this one.

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Andrew Friesen

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#4 posted 02-07-2009 03:38 AM

What kind of joinery did you use?

-- -Andrew

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#5 posted 02-07-2009 03:47 AM

Andrew – no special joinery used here. Just simply glued together 3/4” Walnut stock and then glue one piece of Oak at a time about 3/4 proud on one side to cover the next piece of Oak. When the head was more or less done I brought it and the handle (made the same way basically) over to my brothers who has a mortising machine. He punched the through hole for the handle. The handle is simply glue and a LOT of friction.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#6 posted 02-07-2009 04:23 AM

Great looking mantle piece. Good luck on the next one.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 02-07-2009 05:00 AM

Just made a mallet myself, gotta wait to post it. Don’t want it too close to this one!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 02-07-2009 06:55 AM

Great job on the mallet!

I recently bought a froe, but I haven’t used it yet.

I’m waiting for warmer weather

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Will Mego

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#9 posted 02-07-2009 08:52 AM

I wouldn’t even think to make a real honest to god mallet for my froe, because froes literally destroy mallets within 100 uses, depending on how much you’re doing. I had intended to turn some out of the plentiful fallen wood that comes down from overladen trees here in northern IL each spring (our wet springs and late falls make for great tree growth, great spinach harvests, and lots of fallen trees!)...but my lathe never came to be, thanks to our failing economy lately….so I ran across this piece of firewood from who knows where, beautiful brown/wine colored thing, flexible and hard, heavy…so I carefully sliced a few facets off the bottom 6 inches or so til I had a somewhat octagonal handle, and now I beat the living snot out of my froe with this ugly beast.

Misc froe tips for those getting one: #1: twist handle up or down HARD. Really, you should start it with the mallet, then just work it with twisting, not beating on it… #2: Ha, right. Really, you’re going to take some log you know is too large to froe, and something that’s amazingly hard (like red mulberry) and you’ll lodge your froe in that sucker like Excalibur. Then, you’ll beat that froe like it stole your flapjacks that morning. Try to get the log in the middle of the froe, that way you can beat on the blade on both handle and tip sides to get it out again. #3: it’s ok…it’s not supposed to be sharp. #4: it takes a little practice to the get feel to be able to split off a shingle like piece, and the type of wood makes a big difference, keep working at it.

Just get two sticks, then put the froe on the pretty one, and bring down country justice with the ugly one.

My first few times were LOUD, jarring, painful times. My neighbors probably thought all kinds of things watching me wacking the bejeebus out of a stick on my driveway last spring. But after having FIVE decent sized trees back-to-back-to-back, they hated me and the saws already.

But now I have a huge amount of hard maple and mulberry stacked in the back!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#10 posted 02-07-2009 08:01 PM

Your right, to nice to use. You can see my oak fro mallet here. It is firewood after wearing out and is made with the hard part of a forked branch, knot or burl section of limb wood.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#11 posted 03-09-2010 07:06 AM

once you take the first hit with it, you’ll never turn back… go ahead, do it… smash it up, you can always build another…
great looking mallet…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#12 posted 03-09-2010 08:20 PM

It is really too nice to use. I like Frank’s approach, strip some bark off a good size piece of firewood….

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

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