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Purpleheart Mallet

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Project by mramseyISU posted 04-16-2020 06:36 PM 870 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well after dropping my mallet on the floor and splitting the handle it was time for a new one after 8 years or so. I had a little purpleheart in the cutoff bin that was too small for much but it made a good mallet head. I think it turned out pretty good.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 04-16-2020 07:12 PM

The head looks great. Please explain the handle. From the pics it appears the top of it is cut angular, as it should be. But the lower portion looks like a dowel.

Love that head, even when it browns out it will be a nice whacker.

-- Think safe, be safe

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mramseyISU

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#2 posted 04-16-2020 07:14 PM



The head looks great. Please explain the handle. From the pics it appears the top of it is cut angular, as it should be. But the lower portion looks like a dowel.

Love that head, even when it browns out it will be a nice whacker.

- therealSteveN

I didn’t take very good pictures of making the handle. I cut a dovetail into it to match the ones in the head and then I turned the rest of it on my lathe.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#3 posted 04-17-2020 03:56 AM

I know that purple heart is going to be a real good hammer wood. I always question laminated woods for mallets.

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 04-17-2020 04:29 AM


The head looks great. Please explain the handle. From the pics it appears the top of it is cut angular, as it should be. But the lower portion looks like a dowel.

Love that head, even when it browns out it will be a nice whacker.

- therealSteveN

I didn t take very good pictures of making the handle. I cut a dovetail into it to match the ones in the head and then I turned the rest of it on my lathe.

- mramseyISU

Gotcha. It was unnaturally round for draw knifes, etc.

-- Think safe, be safe

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mramseyISU

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#5 posted 04-17-2020 12:21 PM



I know that purple heart is going to be a real good hammer wood. I always question laminated woods for mallets.

- BurlyBob

That’s why I put the pins in. I was also questioning in my head how string the laminations would be in handling the shear stress caused by hitting something.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#6 posted 04-18-2020 12:12 AM

Very cool

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Madmark2

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#7 posted 04-18-2020 12:33 AM

The pins should help disrupt the shear force. You could face the mallet with cross grain to spread any off center hits across all the pieces.

Very nice work.

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