Wooden Joiner's Mallet by a New Woodworker

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Project by Acts65Woodworks posted 12-09-2016 10:18 PM 11325 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got into woodworking earlier this year and I am really enjoying it. I’m sticking to smaller projects for now in order to get the hang of my tools and materials. I’ve seen a lot of people make wooden mallets recently and decided to give it a shot.

Being new to the hobby, I reserve most of my money for tools rather than materials. The reason is, since I am a beginner, I make lots of mistakes and would rather not mess up an expensive piece of wood, but I still need wood and would rather not limit my projects to construction lumber. Fortunately, I have found some local cabinetmakers that are more than happy to give away their cutoffs and scraps. For this project, I used Maple and Jatoba.

Making the handle was my favorite part of the project, though most people will not pay much attention to it. I shaped the handle on the bandsaw and then sanded it smooth. The head of the mallet took a good amount of time as well, as I played around with the angles and proportions until I was happy with it. I finished it with Tung oil and really liked how it brought out the beauty of the wood.

After making one, I had some ideas for additional designs and made two more (Cherry/Maple/Jatoba and Oak/Maple/Jatoba). I hope to get good enough at woodworking to be able to sell some of my work to pay for my new hobby.

-- Steven, California, ,,

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#1 posted 12-10-2016 03:53 AM

Nice work and a good tool to have around. The joinery at the bottom is unusual to see, a nice touch.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Derek Oliver

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#2 posted 12-10-2016 04:10 AM

great job on all three!

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#3 posted 12-10-2016 04:43 AM

Awesome mallet,nice stripes. I daubt I would use it in workshop, it’s too pretty. Maybe some decoration first somewhere.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-10-2016 06:18 AM

Nice job on the mallets. You will find the bulb on the end of the handle to be very important during use when your hands are slippery from being dry or have some sawdust on them . It is really handy for control.
Here was my first mallet. I have since made another smaller one.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#5 posted 12-10-2016 11:32 AM

Nice work. As a fellow beginner, making tools for myself that I can then use on future projects has been very rewarding. And for me, mallets meant I needed chisels to hit, which means I need a till to store the chisels, which is my current project. And to smooth the till, I needed a plane, which will at some point need a till of its own, which will eventually need a cabinet to hold the tills and other tools, so the projects just keep leading to more projects. Fun!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 09-16-2018 12:55 PM

Very nice! Looks like you’ve been building these for years!


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