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From Firewood to Mallet

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Project by Acts65Woodworks posted 10-15-2019 07:46 PM 1102 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From firewood to mallet.

I’ve always wanted a Lie Nielsen mallet made by Blue Spruce. I like the shape, feel, and compact size. It’s a beautiful mallet but out of my budget so I decided to make my own.

I drive by a firewood lot every once in a while and love to stop by and see what I can find. There are mounds and mounds of all kinds of wood. The wood is already split so it isn’t much good for furniture but it’s great for small projects. I found some River Red Gum Eucalyptus firewood (really heavy and hard) with some nice figure and made a mallet out of it.

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/





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scrapwoodworker

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#1 posted 10-15-2019 08:41 PM

Beautiful mallet! How did you connect the handle to the head?

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Acts65Woodworks

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#2 posted 10-15-2019 08:50 PM



Beautiful mallet! How did you connect the handle to the head?

- scrapwoodworker


Thanks! There is a 5/8 tenon going just under 3 inches into the mallet head. It’s actually just held in by friction. I tried to do a dry fit and it got stuck so I just pounded it all the way in.

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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cmmyakman

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#3 posted 10-15-2019 09:13 PM

The interface between the 2 woods is very attractive.

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

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Acts65Woodworks

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#4 posted 10-15-2019 09:16 PM



The interface between the 2 woods is very attractive.

- cmmyakman


Thanks!

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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pottz

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#5 posted 10-15-2019 09:28 PM

it’s amazing the beautiful stuff ive seen people make from hunks of firewood.nice job on a great mallet.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Acts65Woodworks

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#6 posted 10-15-2019 09:32 PM



it s amazing the beautiful stuff ive seen people make from hunks of firewood.nice job on a great mallet.

- pottz


That’s the reason I enjoy checking Lumberjocks. Thanks for the kind words!

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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scrapwoodworker

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#7 posted 10-15-2019 11:23 PM


Beautiful mallet! How did you connect the handle to the head?

- scrapwoodworker

Thanks! There is a 5/8 tenon going just under 3 inches into the mallet head. It s actually just held in by friction. I tried to do a dry fit and it got stuck so I just pounded it all the way in.

- Acts65Woodworks


Nice! I guess if it ever does come loose, you can always just add glue

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swirt

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#8 posted 10-16-2019 01:25 AM

Beautiful wood. Nice choice finding the diamond in the rough.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Mrowell

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#9 posted 10-16-2019 02:14 AM

Wow beautiful peace! Awesome save! I wish I found that kind of wood in piles of split wood!!!

-- Matt R

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Dark_Lightning

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#10 posted 10-16-2019 02:38 AM

That head is gorgeous. It just makes me think about all the beautiful wood that has gone up in smoke. I guess it grows on trees, but still…

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 10-16-2019 08:00 AM

Nice job A’65’,

you’re gonna be busy with this lot!....... Small handle, please.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Peteybadboy

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#12 posted 10-16-2019 09:09 AM

There really are not scraps. Nice find, great mallet

-- Petey

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woodenwarrior

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#13 posted 10-16-2019 09:22 AM

Wow, I really like that mallet head! That’s a great firewood find!!

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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Rick Dennington

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#14 posted 10-16-2019 12:46 PM

Stellar job on making the mallet…..nice choice of woods for the mallet head and handle. Besides woodworking, I also do leather crafting and pictorial carvings. That just might be the perfect size for tooling leather….What, about 9—-11 ozs.? I use a couple of different size mallets for various task, but I could possibly see this as my “go-to” mallet. If I was a turner, I’d build my own too…!! You need a good solid hard head mallet for use with stamping tools…..!! This would fit the bill.

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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Acts65Woodworks

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#15 posted 10-16-2019 06:58 PM



Wow beautiful peace! Awesome save! I wish I found that kind of wood in piles of split wood!!!

- Mrowell


Thanks! Yeah, I always look forward to visiting that place. It’s like a treasure hunt

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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