Hand Turned Carving Mallets

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Project by FJPetruso posted 10-26-2019 06:44 AM 686 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do a little carving on some of my projects & found that the store bought mallets are made for giants. Both the grip area & the overall length are way too long. The only solution was to turn my own.

Since I like using baseball bat billets of maple & ash for some of my projects like pepper mills, I thought I would get an Ash billet at Woodcraft for the mallets. I found a nice pattern for a “Goldielocks” mallet that was just the right size. But after turning the first mallet I found that the mallet was a little light & was best used for lighter more shallow carving. Soooo I cut a blank to length & bored a hole in the business end. I used the hole on the live center end of my lathe & turned another mallet with the same dimensions as the first but burned a marker ring to easily identify which mallet was which. After completing & finishing the majority of the mallet I crammed a few lead muzzleloading round balls in the end & plugged the hole. Now I have two mallets of identical shape with different weights. I like the feel of using the same size mallet that delivers more inertia without using hardly any more muscle.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 10-26-2019 03:54 PM

Well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 10-26-2019 05:00 PM

You will appreciate your own work every time you use them too, very nice!

Just hammer away the way that works BEST for YOU!.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 10-26-2019 09:20 PM

A great idea! The mallet I have is also too big for most of the carving I do. Have you weighed your two mallets? What is the overall & handle length?

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#4 posted 10-27-2019 01:51 AM

Very nice..

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 10-27-2019 03:15 AM

Nice mallets! I’ll have to consider using weights instead of changing the mallet size. I have giant hands though, so I have the opposite problem.

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

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