Rosewood and Ebony wedged mallet - Unplugged build - No Glue and Handtools only

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Project by palaswood posted 07-24-2018 06:13 PM 5665 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My offering to the 2018 Mallet Swap.
This was undertaken with an idea to avoid using glue and allow the tool to be taken apart.

This is my take on wedging the handle to the mallet head. Only these wedges are not glued into the handle, but can be knocked out to allow the tool to be disassembled for storage or what have you.

The mallet head is made of Burmese Rosewood – Dalbergia oliveri – Janka hardness 2,710
The handle is made of Honduran Rosewood – Dalbergia stevonsonii – Janka hardness 2,200.
The wedges are African Ebony wood – Diospyros crasiflora – Janka hardness 3,080.

This went to Tony, aka Gr8hunter. I stamped his intials TW into the tip of the handle. I stamped a T and B into the top and bottom wedge, since they are different sizes.

Finished with Danish Oil and Paste finishing wax.

I am looking forward to working more with Rosewood, ebony and wedges!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#1 posted 07-24-2018 06:22 PM

Lovely work Joseph! I love that you came up with a challenge to tackle in making a “knockdown” mallet. The wood choices are gorgeous as is the attention to details. The top of the handle sculpting is beautiful.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#2 posted 07-24-2018 06:44 PM

Wow, that is a beautiful friggin mallet. Never seen a wedge system like that, I like it a lot.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 07-24-2018 06:58 PM

This really is a cool mallet and the details are definitely well done. The idea is unique as well. Wood choices are fantastic and the overall product is stellar. Extremely well done Joseph. Tony can’t complain about a whacker like that.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#4 posted 07-24-2018 07:26 PM

That’s a beaut. Definitely among the best wood choices in the swap.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 07-24-2018 07:47 PM

Joe, beautiful mallet. It’s an elegant beast. I really love the rosewood and ebony combination and the rosette carved on the top of the handle. Lots of little details to take in if you look closely. That was thinking outside the box and executed flawlessly. Nice work.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#6 posted 07-24-2018 07:54 PM

She’s awesome! Thanks for sharing

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#7 posted 07-24-2018 07:59 PM

it’s amazing how nice a finish you got with just a little oil and wax.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#8 posted 07-24-2018 08:16 PM

Woah, didn’t notice the top of the handle carving. Cool. Lot the look of this whole thing. Great job, Joseph.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 07-24-2018 08:46 PM

This is a fantastic mallet and beautifully done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 07-24-2018 08:49 PM

The Wedges are really cool and I like the detail at the top.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 07-24-2018 09:43 PM

this Mallet Joseph made for me is really quite an accomplishment to his skills as a master craftsman …. it is almost to darn pretty to use but I am gonna I mean with that janka hardness to it should last me a lifetime …. thanks again Joseph … oh dont forget the great pile of wood he sent to me also … heck I made out pretty good …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#12 posted 07-24-2018 09:53 PM

Hey tony, you deserve a nice whacker that will last. I actually love a mallet that has dings and cracks and shows wear and tear. In my experience, Rosewood ages very well, (based on my vintage stanley handplane and layout tools).

The wood is rough hobby boards of Sycamore and bookmatched slices of Redwood burl which came from THIS monster.

Here is a rather frightening example of a bookmatch from that hunk of burl.

Here is the quartersawn Sycamore. This came from the base of the tree and it was dark and brownish purple! The upper part of the trunk was normal coloring, like a tan with reddish rays.

glad you enjoy it. I did my best to make it special.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#13 posted 07-24-2018 10:23 PM

i think that would knock the sense into somebody.beautifully done,nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#14 posted 07-24-2018 11:44 PM

Nicely done mallet and beautiful wood. Great job, Joseph!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 07-24-2018 11:51 PM

Joseph I hope you don’t mind me posting this. It’s on your instagram page at your link. Shows the top detail much better and also Tony’s initials that you carved on the top. Beautiful work!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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