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2019 mallet swap - three items

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Project by JohnMcClure posted 11-18-2019 05:07 PM 361 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My entry for the 2019 mallet swap consisted of three hammers for Dave (KelleyCrafts).
The biggest is a small sledge I handled using pecan. I’d been given the pecan log as firewood, so the handle was truly made from scratch.

The next is a regular joiners mallet (not NEARLY as fine as most of the joiners mallets in this swap!) with maple head and ash (firewood again) handle. I’m a fan of the handle shape, which was achieved with rasp and spokeshave.

The smallest is an inside-our brass tapping hammer. Starting with 3/4” brass rod, I turned down the OD of the middle to 1/2” using hacksaw, file, and a little jig in my bench vise (no lathe).

Then I clamped two maple pieces together and drilled a 1/2” hole along the joint; once unclamped, I placed the two pieces around the 1/2” portion of the brass rod and glued them together around it.

I had a lot of fun participating and seeing what everyone else made (the best part!). I look forward to being in the next one!

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





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HokieKen

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#1 posted 11-18-2019 05:27 PM

That’s some great work John. I really like the little brass one. Never seen one quite like that :-) Love the lasering on the joiners mallet too. And a sledge is always useful!

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

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#2 posted 11-18-2019 06:02 PM

The little brass tapper caught my eye as well. Nice touch on the joiner’s mallet with the split wedges. All of them should see plenty of action in Dave’s shop.

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

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jeffswildwood

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#3 posted 11-18-2019 08:25 PM

Good job John. You really set Dave up nicely! I too see them getting a lot of use.

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

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 11-18-2019 08:45 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.

Congrats.

-- Think safe, be safe

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duckmilk

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#5 posted 11-18-2019 10:19 PM

That is a lot of work without a lathe for the brass one. You pulled it off very well though. Nicely done!

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

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#6 posted 11-18-2019 11:26 PM

Great swap , superb crafting and very generous.
Excellent
Regards
Anthony

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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GR8HUNTER

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#7 posted 11-19-2019 12:12 AM

This is 3 GR8 mallets all users would love to have them in my shop GREAT JOB :<))

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

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bobasaurus

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#8 posted 11-19-2019 12:54 AM

Dave, did you forge that head? It looks very well made. I just forged my first large cross peen and it was a chore, yours looks even bigger so I’m impressed.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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JohnMcClure

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#9 posted 11-19-2019 02:22 AM


Dave, did you forge that head? It looks very well made. I just forged my first large cross peen and it was a chore, yours looks even bigger so I m impressed.

- bobasaurus


Unfortunately it’s not a fine head, in fact stamped with “china” and gifted me by a friend for this project. It was rusted all over and attached to a non-usable handle at the time.
But hopefully its lowly past doesn’t impede its future!

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

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bobasaurus

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#10 posted 11-20-2019 12:37 AM

Oops, my mistake. I just saw that these were for Dave, not made by him. Still looks like a nice hammer. I have a chinese sledge head that I annealed in the forge so I could use it on hardened tools, use it all the time.

I’ve never seen a handle like the one on your brass hammer, very clever.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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