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Project by John Smith posted 09-11-2020 03:16 PM 638 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LOL yes, I have been “waiting” on a “weighted” mallet for some now.
Finally made it one of my Covid Projects.

-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --





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#1 posted 09-11-2020 03:17 PM

Started off with a 2×2x12” piece of Canary Wood and trimmed it to the basic shape I wanted on the lathe.

After turning and final sanding, cut 1” off of the square end (I don’t like the mandrel prong marks on a mallet).
drilled a 1/2” hole in the end and wallered the inside out a little more with the Dremel.

Then filled it with about 4 ounces of molten lead.

I used the plug cutter to make a plug to seal the hole. (the grain matched up pretty good)
I used thick CA glue to seal the plug.

and there you have it ~ a weighted mallet worth waiting for !!

Okay – what’s next ?? (this only took half a day).
thanks for looking.
John

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#2 posted 09-11-2020 03:20 PM

that is one beautiful looking mallet almost to pretty to beat on GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#3 posted 09-11-2020 03:29 PM

thanks Tony !!
I was adding photos as you were posting.
here is the Rest of the Story. (as my dear friend Paul Harvey would say).

John

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#4 posted 09-11-2020 05:11 PM

Looks nice. Did not know Canary wood looked like that.

The plug looks like an exact to the wood.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 09-11-2020 06:54 PM

John, that is one nice looking mallet. I am making a jointers mallet this weekend…... Looks like marble wood in the photos.

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#6 posted 09-11-2020 07:15 PM

Arlin – I had the clear picture in my mind of how I was going to build this one.
I knew the 12” blank was too long and I was going to save the cut-off end
to make the plug for the hole. if it weren’t for the ring color, nobody would know
it had a lead filler or a plug.
it weighs one pound, 4 ounces and has a nice balance to it. (for me).

I get Canary Wood and Marble Wood confused, as they look very similar.
the “wood technician” at WoodCraft where I got my bucket of scraps said it was Canary Wood.
it doesn’t matter – I like it no matter what the heritage is LOL.

it has a couple of coats of Danish Oil.
now, if only I had something to bang with it !!

thanks to all for the kind words.
John

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#7 posted 09-11-2020 09:15 PM

Very nice, like the square sides, all the round ones I’ve made seem to get beat up way to fast?
Not sure about the extra weight, never wanted to beat anything that bad:) Well maybe?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 09-11-2020 11:23 PM

Andre – I have broken both of my wrists (at different times) way long time ago
and arthritis is starting to set in. so for me, a small mallet with a little weight takes
less force to tap chisels and gouges. sort of like a carpenter and his hammer.
let the hammer do the work – not your arm.

Jack E. – I don’t know if you’ve seen this diagram or not. it is a formula I saw somewhere
on the forums how to select the face angle to suit your body size and found it very interesting.

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#9 posted 09-11-2020 11:30 PM

Purdy!

That forward weight will really make it a bruiser!

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#10 posted 09-12-2020 01:20 AM

That’s one nice looking mallet, and Ima go out to the garage and see if I bought the right (correct) angle mallet for my wood carving. I might have to make some, since I only have one.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 09-12-2020 02:12 AM

thanks Steven – for general carving, I think any offset angle that works for you is fine.
the next mallet on my bucket list is the Chris Pye Carver’s Mallet. (just because it is so pretty).
I just gotta find me a nice piece of Bird’s Eye or Tiger Maple for the handle. I have the ebony for the head already.

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#12 posted 09-12-2020 05:30 AM

Top shelf mallet here!

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#13 posted 09-13-2020 01:38 AM

Nice work on the mallet. I am sure the lead helps. For the past few years I have been using a drilling / engineers hammer recently for chisel work (though not carving) and the added mass gives so much more control without having to rely on speed of the hammer blows.

Also here is the reference for that mallet head angle blog https://www.lumberjocks.com/swirt/blog/22319 ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#14 posted 09-13-2020 02:37 AM

wow – thanks Swirt !!
now I have a reference for the drawing.

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#15 posted 09-22-2020 02:45 AM

@Jack Ellis = it is indeed Marblewood !!
I was back at WoodCraft the other day and they had more of it in the scrap box
and I asked the manager what it was and he said it was Marblewood.
I told him about the guy from a few weeks ago that said is was Canary Wood
and he said – - – - that guy no longer works here. and we left it at that.
it turns a little rough but finishes up rather nice.
I like the weight of it for tool handles and mallets.
I made a couple more over the weekend and that’s about all I will do from that species.
(it scores 2532 on the Janka Hardness Scale).

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