Mallet which is more of a Thors Hammer

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Hey all! This is my first post. Any advice and critiques welcome!

Just finished this mallet (unintentional war hammer) made from Oak (outer plates of the head) and Poplar (handle and inner plates of head. In hindsight poplar may have been a poor choice for a part of the striking surface. Sanded the handle down with 320 for a smooth finish on the hand. Tried a rougher paper (120) on the top but no matter how long i sanded, with the more abrasive paper, I could not get out some of the groves which followed the grain in the oak. Chiseled out the tapered portion of the handle then hand sanded smooth. I dont have a table saw so some of the longer cuts in the head were not as flat as I would like but came out after some adjustments and sanding.

I aligned the wedge and groove with the length of the head which in hindsight, again, may not have been a good choice as the pressure is pushing the outer plates apart instead of pushing the inner plates along the long axis of the head. No cracks though but im worried the whole thing may just pop apart of me when I go to use it. Oh well next time.

Finished with minwax tung oil but honestly I dont know if I like it or not. I have ordered some pure tung oil to try out on future projects.

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#1 posted 06-12-2020 09:43 PM

That is a beast. Time to whack stuff! :)

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#2 posted 06-13-2020 01:15 AM

Nice mallet, probably won’t have to swing it very hard : )

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#3 posted 06-13-2020 08:23 AM

Neat 1st. post.
Haven’t done much bragging or introduction on your home page, however, that looks like the left hand of a young pup…. or a photoshopped right hand.

Bit of advice… Real estate is expensive and you have 5 empty picture slots laying idle and unusable but anyone else… hint, hint.
On your home page and workshop options, you could tell us a tad more about yourself and your environment… Don’t be shy!

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#4 posted 06-13-2020 10:06 AM

Perfect first post! A big hammer for maximum impact!!!

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#5 posted 06-13-2020 01:55 PM

Nice mallet. The poplar is probably a better wood for the mallet than the red oak. I built my first mallet using walnut and red oak. The open grain of the oak did not hold up well at all. I did fill in the divots in the oak and glued on a thick leather piece. That seems to protect both the head and the object being struck.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 06-14-2020 02:47 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. Looks like a nice mallet.

BTW, my favorite finish for tool hands is Tried and True Varnish oil. The varnish provides a little protection against grime and just feels fantastic in the hand. It is also easy to refresh with another coat later if needed.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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