Joiner's Mallet

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Project by Scott Smith posted 10-26-2009 04:47 AM 3259 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first project. I took a piece of ash firewood out of the pile out at my dad’s (no worries, it was away from the bark). The wood had some value beyond the boardfoot. It came out of the woods on my grandparents’ property. I jointed and planed the firewood to make a block of lumber, then resawed it into about 7/8” thick pieces. The handle is not tapered, but instead glued into the stackup. I put cut a small piece of cherry to insert parallel with the head grain. I tapered the insert with a chisel, rounded it by sanding, and clamped it up with a bit of glue. I finished the mallet with several coats of natural Danish oil.

I liked the way the mallet looked so much that I went back into the woods and cut several large sections from the ash tree that was down (firewood source). These can be seen in the last project picture.

The mallet works as intended and I used it with chisels to adjust several door latchs around the house that were not catching.


-- Scott, Toledo, OH

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#1 posted 10-26-2009 05:08 AM

Great looking. and very functional.

-- 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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#2 posted 10-26-2009 08:40 AM

Hey Scott,
Now that is a good looking Mallet..well done.

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#3 posted 10-26-2009 12:12 PM

Scott that is a gorgeous mallet and a wonderful story behind its construction. I have often said that the story behind a project is often as important as the project itself.

Nice job and nice story as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 10-26-2009 03:11 PM

Very nice mallet. Even better story. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#5 posted 10-26-2009 05:57 PM

Very nice mallet!!!
Could/would you post dimensions and weight?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 01:59 AM

nice ash!!!!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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