Joiners Mallet

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Project by derrickparks57 posted 12-15-2015 05:53 PM 1877 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A joiners mallet I made for my dad for Christmas. He’s the one who got me hooked on woodworking when I was just a kid, and he’s always there to answer my questions and help me through any project even though he lives 1000 miles away. Knowing him, he probably won’t use this mallet but rather put it on a shelf.

I glued up 4 strips of maple for the handle, the head “I believe” is iroko that I resawed to to make the mortise for the handle (I don’t trust my chisel skills quite yet). The wedges are some leftover purpleheart I had in the scrap bin. I shaped the handle using a rasp until it felt good in my hand. Sanded everything to 320g then a good rub down with 0000 steel wool. The finish is 4 coats of BLO with another rub down of steel wool after the 3rd coat. This is the first time I’ve used BLO and I’m quite happy with the results.

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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#1 posted 12-16-2015 12:54 AM

Great looking mallet! But let’s hope he puts it to use!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 12-16-2015 01:51 AM

I imagine he will cherish it.

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#3 posted 12-16-2015 07:02 AM

Very Nice Love the grain and color of the wood!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 12-16-2015 09:04 PM

It’s a very nice shop made tool. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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