Carpenters (?) mallet

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Project by rtb posted 04-27-2009 07:37 AM 4798 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently added a mortise chisel to my set of bench chisels. It immediately became apparent that this was a chisel that was meant to be hammered. Not being happy with the feel of striking with a dead blow hammer I consulted and reviewed with my #1 resource file ie LJ’s. In the frugal spirit of maximizing resources, it is made from hickory cut-offs.The handle was glued from 2 1 in boards and the head end sanded to a tendon the thickness of 1 board which in turn became the middle board of the head. The handle was turned on the lathe and the head trimmed and sanded. Both pieces were then assembled and glued.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#1 posted 04-27-2009 12:55 PM

Very nice! I love a project that is actually useful! Great project.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#2 posted 04-27-2009 04:58 PM

That’s striking.. Looks really good it should last a long time.

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#3 posted 04-27-2009 05:20 PM

Very nice! Almost too nice to use.

-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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#4 posted 04-27-2009 06:10 PM

Great mallet! Good lookin’ handle there. Nice griping areas. Looks like a good size for weight and strike. Cool…..

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 04-27-2009 06:11 PM

Nice. I think useful things are the best kind of project too. That’s on my project list when I get time. I’ve been using a rubber mallet but need a wooden one. I guess I’ll have to work on my turning skills. I just got back from down your way. I left Kentucky yesterday to come back to New York. It would have been hard to leave except we are having record high temps here so it’s nice up north right now too. My heart is still in Kentucky even though I’m a Yankee now.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#6 posted 04-27-2009 08:01 PM

Last time i saw one of this nice the guy said ” not guilty” I could have kissed ,the guy nice mallet.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#7 posted 04-28-2009 12:42 AM

Thanks everyone. I can’t explain exactly how reached the conclusion that you see. All I can say is that it feels right. You’re quite right Dale, My dead blows (3) are rubber or at least rubber coated and use them for many different things but they just don’t feel right with chisels.Jack, i Figured the groves above the grip would deflect the blood so my grip wouldn’t get slippery lol. Robin you’re right i think the greatest satisfaction is in making something that you can put to use.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#8 posted 04-28-2009 04:41 AM

very cool…i noticed the angle of the hitting surface—-how does it feel?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 04-28-2009 04:54 AM

Matt, solid. I read somewhere that 12 deg’s was the correct angle but can’t guarantee that it wasn’t of a degree or two.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#10 posted 04-04-2010 07:41 PM

That is a very cool mallet. I didn’t know about the 12 degree part. That is interesting. I am not sure that my mallet is going to be as nice, but I don’t have your experience. Maybe I will have to build another one and incorporate the 12 degree part. Either way, I am enjoying making a mallet. It is fun.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#11 posted 11-20-2014 12:36 PM

I just got done and have to share my mallet I made. I saw yours and liked it too, I got kind of side tracked and angry making this one because cutting out of a log is stressful. So I ended up with this one.

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