Entry for 2018 Mallet Swap

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Project by Wilson_woodworking posted 07-26-2018 03:26 PM 1291 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mallet made from hickory and walnut. They inner square is made from cocobolo. It was a pen blank that was on sale somewhere, which I thought I’d use for inlay but never did. It took several different glue-ups to achieve the final shape and size. Honestly, it was built from the inside out with no real final shape in mind. I’d been on a mallet making kick lately and had a process down. Plus, I had some ideas of things to try but, no buyer for something intricate enough to make it any more expensive.
Once I knew who I’d be sending the mallet to, I knew I had to make sure it was technically perfect, and pretty, and interesting, and comfortable to hold in the hand. I’m not sure how many of the requirements I hit, but there definitely was a high bar to meet. Just as an example, I spent probably three hours with different files just making sure the bevels were perfect and met at just the right angles. This thing was nearly thrown in the scrap pile several times, but I just kept gluing stuff on, and cutting parts off until it looked decent.
I wish I could say that the handle is friction fit in the head with only wedges. But after chopping through the hickory with chisels for a couple of days, the hole didn’t have enough angle that I could trust. So the cedar wedges are mostly decorative, and the head is glued in. Anyway, here it is.

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#1 posted 07-26-2018 03:35 PM

WW …… this is most excellent mallet like the wood choices ……. thanks for being in the swap …….. and welcome 2 LJ’s :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 07-26-2018 05:03 PM

Awesome handle!

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#3 posted 07-26-2018 05:20 PM

Great looking mallet. The wedges are really intriguing as is the square in the middle of the head. The handle looks really comfortable. I hope you enjoyed the swap and will do it again.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 07-26-2018 06:13 PM

What they said^^ :-)) This is a unique build and a beautiful tool!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 07-26-2018 06:18 PM

This is a magnificent mallet and so nicely done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 07-26-2018 08:25 PM

This will give a mighty blow. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 07-27-2018 12:07 AM

That’s a pretty one. Definitely my favorite mallet today.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 07-27-2018 12:26 AM

WOW !! That is a very attractive mallet!!!!!!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 07-27-2018 11:27 PM

That is really beautiful WW! Allen has a great beater in that!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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