Hammering boredom...

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Project by PlanBWoodworks posted 07-07-2018 02:26 AM 1035 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While waiting for another project to come out of the clamps during a glue up, I was piddling around in the shop and decided that I would use my time to build another mallet. My previous mallet was made from cherry. I wrapped the handle with leather. I also padded the striking faces with leather. It’s a great mallet, but is a bit on the light side.

My new mallet was constructed using hard maple and purpleheart. I cut a slight angle on the faces. I also tapered the top and bottom of the head. I cut out the shape of the handle on the bandsaw, and rounded over the edges on the router table. I cut a mortise in the head to accept the handle.

After some sanding, I applied a single coat of Arm-R-Seal to pop the grain and to provide a slight bit of protection.

I really like the heft of this mallet. I am not thrilled with the handle. I am a little concerned about how thin the neck is. That being said, it was a great time killer while waiting on glue to dry…

Thanks for looking!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#1 posted 07-07-2018 05:23 AM

I made a similar one from Pecan and it also has heft. Yours is prettier.

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#2 posted 07-07-2018 07:16 AM

Nice work! Been wanting to make one as well. Gotta a lot of scraps lingering around that’ll make a nice one.

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#3 posted 07-07-2018 12:39 PM

This is a very nice shop made mallet. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 07-07-2018 08:09 PM

You are the person best suited to making the perfect whacker for yourself, you know what you want, and that drives the design. I think of hammers like benches, most of us make at least one, some of us make many looking for the right mix, but making them never seems to be time wasted, because it’s all shop time, kinda like bad fishing, it just doesn’t happen.

Thanks for posting.

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