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Project by MattPB posted 09-21-2019 11:15 PM 536 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my mallet I made from walnut and ash. Both the ash and walnut come from trees that were down around my place and I milled the wood. I created the handle with a scroll saw/files and chamfered the edges of the head with my router table. I have been beating it for over a year and it has held up quite well.





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#1 posted 09-22-2019 12:22 AM

Very Very nice, I,d be interested to hear how you shaped the handle

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#2 posted 09-22-2019 01:36 AM

A very attractive mallet.

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#3 posted 09-22-2019 04:05 AM

Nice Whammer. What is your face’s angle?

I like how you’ve tapered off the Ash on the handle, looks like a great working fit, and ads a very nice look.

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#4 posted 09-22-2019 02:07 PM

Thank you for all the complements! To create the handle I glued two pieces of ash on each side of the walnut. Once they were dry, I drew the shape I wanted (kind of mimicking a standard hammer handle) and cut it out the sides on the cross saw. For the cut on the sides I made sure to get into the black walnut and flair out on the top to support the head. Once it was both sides were cut, I tapped the cut offs back on with blue painters table and shaped the front and back in a similar manner on the scroll saw. The rest of the shaping was done by hand with files and finished with danish oil.

I am not 100% sure about the angle on the face. It does angle back toward the handled but I tried to make it so it was hit flat on my bench when I swing it. It seems to be just about perfect for me.

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#5 posted 09-22-2019 02:57 PM

Stellar job on making the mallet. The combo woods compliment each other. The design is spot on, and the shape of the handle is well suited for the task at hand……!!! Looks like maybe a 3-5 degree on the slope of the faces…..!! (?)….

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#6 posted 09-22-2019 06:56 PM


I am not 100% sure about the angle on the face. It does angle back toward the handled but I tried to make it so it was hit flat on my bench when I swing it. It seems to be just about perfect for me.

- MattPB

Well then it’s the perfect angle. I agree with how you figured it out BTW. It is supposed to be when you are holding it, the face strikes flat at 90, and your hand doesn’t get pinched, sounds like that is what you did.

I have read, and heard that a Mallet requires no compensation to strike flat, while a hammer does. All I know is I started my working life with a hammer in hand, and I’ve never been worth spit trying ti strike a mallet with an angled face. I’m not sure what it is I do, but I am really good with a hammer, so my woodworking mallet is a piece of round brass 1 1/2” around, and about 6” long. I still want to make mallets?

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#7 posted 10-03-2019 08:30 PM

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