New Mallets for the 2019 Mallet Swap

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THis was a really great swap for me. First I got a great Tungsten filled banger from HungryPacman which is perfect for dovetailing. Second I got to try a lot of new things, methods, techniques and woods. After making a number of mallets of various woods and handle styles I picked the best three to send off to Tuscon.

The largest has a Brazilian Cherry head and locally harvested Osage Orange. I left the mallet faces square because that’s how I use one this size. I use it casework to bag carcasses together with 3/8” soft pine on the case.

The next one has a Lignum Vitae head with a Bloodwood handle. My first time using Lignum Vitae and it scrapes beautifully.

Last is a little banger is for tapping fine carving chisels. Hard Brass head with a Brazilian Ebony handle.

So, my Recipient ThorBojorn88 took MUCH better pictures and here they are – thanks!!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#1 posted 11-18-2019 12:15 AM

nice work bill,lucky recipient.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 11-18-2019 01:42 AM

you made 3 very beautiful and usefull mallets Bill GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#3 posted 11-18-2019 01:49 AM

You covered the gamut with those three Bill! An excellent swap package :-) I really like the cubed brass head for some reason. Not sure why a square head strikes me as being so useful, but it does!

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

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#4 posted 11-18-2019 03:05 AM

I really like using bloodwood for shop tools. It hides the real blood when I nick myself or smash a finger.

I think the lignum vitae and bloodwood mallet would be the one I would use the most in my shop.

As always, nice work!!!

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

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#5 posted 11-18-2019 05:37 AM

Superb work Bill , and once again I,m seeing a very generous swap.
Very nicely done all around.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#6 posted 11-18-2019 11:35 AM

A great selection of woods and tools Bill! You definitely covered the scope of mallet needs from Large to Small with tools that anyone here would be proud to own!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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Bill Berklich

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#7 posted 11-18-2019 11:42 AM

So, my Recipient ThorBojorn88 took MUCH better pictures – thanks!!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#8 posted 11-18-2019 12:58 PM

Bill, that’s a wonderful set of mallets. You covered all the bases for whatever size your recipient would need. I really like the bloodwood handle.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 11-18-2019 01:44 PM

Nice set of mallets, Bill. I can imagine a use for each of the three, and as Earl points out, there’s a strong case to be made for using bloodwood in shop tools.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 11-18-2019 02:55 PM

That brass one is really cool!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 11-18-2019 04:40 PM

These mallets are great! Thanks again Bill!

-- Dave

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#12 posted 11-18-2019 05:12 PM

Great job, Bill! I’m envious of the little one.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#13 posted 11-18-2019 08:47 PM

I’m getting the idea there are as many metal workers here as woodworkers. A lot of companies would be proud to have as many solid products in their line as you guys are putting out.


-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 11-18-2019 09:50 PM

Nice job Bill! I like the lignum/bloodwood one a lot.

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

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#15 posted 11-19-2019 12:52 AM

Great work, I like the turned handles and brass head a lot.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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