Spindle Mallets

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Project by BullHammer posted 01-22-2017 12:31 AM 1029 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was making my first mallet I didn’t know what I was going to do for the handle. I looked around and saw a spindle/baluster on the shelf. It didn’t work because it was rotted, but it sparked an idea: why not use spindles/balusters for the whole mallet. Next time I was at Habitat for Humanity I picked up for solid oak spindles.

First I cut the ends off. I didn’t think running the whole spindle through a table saw or planer. The smaller side was a little off square, but the longer end was perfectly fine. I also cut off the dowels, which were about a 1/4” deep; a lot less shallow than I expected.

Since the short end was off square, I rant them over my junk planer. Junk because I could never get it to work right. It ended up taking off way too much wood…about 1/4”. It was fully adjusted and aligned but didn’t work. I ended up selling it after this project. Since there was now such a difference in size, I squared them up on the table saw.

When I glued up I made sure to align the grain in as neat a pattern as I could. As the glue dried, I carefully ran spindles through the table saw to square the handles.

Once the heads dried, I drilled for the handle, squared with a chisel, and rounded the heads with a sander. I used a through wedged mortise and tenon, and glue of course, to secure the handles.

It was really easy and is a great way to make a two quick mallets. Plus, if you screw up a handle while trying to cut the slot for the wedge or make the mortise and tenon the wrong size, you have a couple extra.

Another benefit of using spindles is that they are made of really nice wood that is meant for stain and finish. so the quality is really high.

The little one looks different because I added a little stain before finishing with BLO. The large one just has BLO.

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#1 posted 01-22-2017 07:13 PM

That’s a creative use of recycled wood, and a right nice job of it too.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 01-22-2017 10:39 PM

These turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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