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Project by socrbent posted 04-20-2019 01:28 AM 706 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My youngest brother the only one of 6 kids to stay on the family farm was cleaning some fence rows and offered me some osage orange (I had previously asked for some of this extreemly hard wood if he ever came across some. I took an 8 foot log and 2 pieces about 2 foot long and 16 inches in diameter. Sealed the ends.

A couple of months late with some difficulty split one piece in half with sledge and wedge. Wedge kept bouncing out with each strike – frustrating but humerous! This was the smaller half:

Made a simple jig to hold the larger half as I cut it up on a band saw.

Resulting in 2 nice blanks for mallet heads and a bunch of scraps for future projects:

Cut up some red oak for handles using table saw to create the tenons and then rough shaped the handles on the bandsaw:

Then further shaped the handles on belt sander and mostly a spindle sander:

Used bench top mortiser for each head and hand chiseled the top end about 1/8th wider along long axis, trimmed tenons to fit heads and used hand saw to create 2 kerfs in the handle tenons. Created some wedges from osage orange scraps. Sorry no photos on this part.
Glued each handle in head keeping glue below kerfs in handles:

When glue dried I hammered in the wedges spreading the handles into chiseled out area. The osage orange worked great as wedges!

Sanded handles using 120, 150, 180 grits. applied a coat of BLO. Wala – they were done.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 04-20-2019 01:36 AM

2 very beautiful mallets GREAT JOB :<)))

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

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#2 posted 04-20-2019 05:55 PM

Nice build!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 04-21-2019 01:45 AM

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing the build pics!

-- AJ

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#4 posted 04-22-2019 12:43 PM

Nice! Osage is kind of nasty to work with, but turns out great in the end! I’ve got a daily user osage orange mallet, and its holding up fantastically.

-- Pete

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#5 posted 04-22-2019 11:59 PM

Thanks guys.

-- socrbent Ohio

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