First Mallet

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After receiving my first set of “real” chisels for Christmas, I figured it was time I had a “proper” mallet. I make it out of 5/4 Ash I harvested from the lake this summer. The head is laminated and the handle is epoxied in place. It feels like it should last a good long time and has plenty of heft.

Thanks for looking.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#1 posted 01-01-2011 11:20 PM

Very nice!! I need to make one too, but I also need a good set of chisels…..


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#2 posted 01-01-2011 11:23 PM

Nice! Solid looking mallet. Ash is such a beautiful wood, too. Some of my favorite projects to make are the “useful” ones like tools and jigs.

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 01:53 AM

I have one of a similar design John, but not as nicely made as yours. I just wanted to comment that you will love that mallet. All that weight and the angle on the faces will allow for a mighty whack for mortising and similar work without damaging your nice chisels. Well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 02:07 AM

Love the grain…it turned out beautiful. What is the set of chisels they look really nice?
Happy New Year!

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#5 posted 01-02-2011 03:00 AM

Thanks all.

JFobare, they are Narex chisels that I got for Xmas. They got pretty good reviews (Fine Woodworking: Best Value) and were the right price ~$50 for the box of 6 (metric)

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 04:46 AM

Nice, Looks like a good wacker.
You don’t have to epoxy the next one, just use wedges inserted from the top. But hey, whatever it takes.
I use my wooden mallet all the time, not just chisels. Fun to use.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 02-12-2011 05:29 AM

So that’s what you been whittlin them dovetails with. Nice looking wood adjustment tool. Does it have a name?
what does it weigh?
I don’t know ash that well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 05:35 AM

good looking mallet. now I need to make one

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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#9 posted 02-12-2011 04:42 PM

@superdav721 No name for the mallet yet…need more hours behind before giving it a one :). I’m not sure how much it weighs. I copied rough dimensions from a plan online and went with it. I have a bunch of ash from trees that have fallen in storms. It is nice very hard wood and is used to make baseball bats and workbenches. I just wish I had enough “collected” wood to start my bench.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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