Wooden mallet by 11 year old

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Project by PaBull posted 12-24-2010 06:28 PM 7921 views 12 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son Jonathan (pic #4) made this mallet for his sister for Christmas. She is a carver and needed a mallet. I made one for myself first while he was watching me make it. I made templates (pic #5) as I went. He cut the pieces on the bend saw. I have a belt sander in a home made holder where he was able to shape the pieces. Than he used the router table for rounding of the handle (pic below). I made a jig with stops build in (pic #6). The head is very simple three pieces of 3/4 stock glued together (pic #3).

The mallet was build after a picture in a Lee Valley catalog.

I hope you enjoy it.

Be well, and Merry Christmas.


Jonathan wins first place AND best of show at the Del Mar Fair, San Diego County.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 06:30 PM

A sixth grader is doing better work than me.


Beautiful projects. Tell him … big thumbs-up on the tie-dye, too :-)

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 06:34 PM

Thanks NBeener, he is a fifth grader, but into the tools already. One of the mallets was for himself.

Be well, Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 06:38 PM

Very nice work …Keep him in it

-- I cut it three times and it's still too short

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 06:38 PM

cool jonathan !

looking forward to more from you

good going pa

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 06:39 PM

That didn’t make the whole thing any better LOL !

A buddy and I were talking, the other night. He said that he’d always heard that it takes something like 10,000 hours to master a thing.

Think about how far ahead of the rest of us (well … so many of us) your son will be, should he decide to maintain his interest in woodworking.

That there … is the future of the craft.

Cheers to you for making the introductions—him to woodworking !

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 12-24-2010 06:48 PM

WannaBBetter, he has been in it like chewing gum on shoe.

Patron, if you look back in my posts you should be able to find his mug more often.

NBeener, I expect him to pass the master.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#7 posted 12-24-2010 07:04 PM

Very nice job. I need to make one for myself as well. Maybe I can get my son to help although he is 13 and I am becoming uncool rapidly. It is great that he is interested and talented.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#8 posted 12-24-2010 07:20 PM

Awesome stuff!!!
A most impressive present

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#9 posted 12-24-2010 07:22 PM

Wau wau wau Jonathan, I’m really impressed, I think it’s fine you are arround to learn that old bird some tricks…
Marry Christmas top the whole buch of you, may you recieve love for the Christmas,
Best thoughts from my heart,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 12-24-2010 07:24 PM

He did a fine job!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#11 posted 12-24-2010 08:26 PM

two thumbs up on the mallets…way cool…

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#12 posted 12-24-2010 09:17 PM

Way to go, Jonathan! Soon we’ll see masterpieces from you….just get Dad to post them please!

An enjoyable and safe festive season to ALL of you.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#13 posted 12-24-2010 09:33 PM

Good job. Keep it up.

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#14 posted 12-24-2010 11:01 PM

great looking mallet. He can make me one anytime.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 12-24-2010 11:31 PM

Very well done. I love making tools. I think I enjoy that more than making other wood projects. It is a joy having your son in the shop with you. One of my sons, my youngest, works wth me in the shop. He built a clock for his mother for Christmas. Keep it up.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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