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Project by docholladay posted 05-11-2010 04:28 AM 2417 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a nice piec of oak that was about 3”x3”x8” and thought, “Hmm, this would make a pretty good mallet head.” Then I saw a scrap of some honduran rosewood and thought, “that could be used for a mallet handle.” I split the oak down the middle and then used my table saw to cut an equal sized dado (tapered slightly toward the top) through each piece and then glued them back together. After the glue was dried, I cleaned off the excess glue and then cut the angles on the faces and on the top. I then cut the tenon on the end of the handle and cut slot in the tenon for wedges. I then applied glue to the morise and the tenon on the handle and put it all together. Drove in the wedges. I shaped the handle using spoke shaves, rasps scrapers and finally sanding. Finish is a couple of coats of tongue oil followed by several coats of wax. I am finally glad to have a good mallet that will not damage my chisels.

Next on my list is to make a nice carving mallet, but I’ve got to find a choice piece of wood for that.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc





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#1 posted 05-11-2010 04:44 AM

nice mallet…....looks good

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 04:46 AM

Put that hammer down boys. great job.

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 04:48 AM

good work

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#4 posted 05-11-2010 05:16 AM

The best part, my two teenage boys think I made it to use on them. I might get a little work out of them before they figure it out.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 05-11-2010 05:26 AM

Nice mallet Doc! If it will be used for your chisels what finish did you use?

Thanks for sharing!

Good Luck.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 05-11-2010 06:22 AM

Nice mallet, What kind of wood did you use?

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#7 posted 05-11-2010 10:59 AM

I made some of these and love them. Nice work

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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docholladay

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#8 posted 05-11-2010 01:24 PM

I mentioned this in the description, but the head of the malled is just common red oak. The handle is from a scrap of rosewood. I indicated that it was honduran, but it may be bolivian rosewood. I really don’t remember. The finish is nothing more than a couple of coats of tung oil followed by a couple of coats of wax.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#9 posted 05-11-2010 10:43 PM

nice! This has been on my project list for a long. Let us know how you enjoy using it and whether you’d make adjustments after you’ve gotten to knock a few joints together/apart.

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