Stabilized Maple Mallet

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Project by TheDane posted 03-19-2021 12:04 AM 857 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This mallet is stabilized hard maple. I rough-turned the blank for the head, and stabilized it with Cactus Juice, then finish turned it.

The handle is also hard maple. The head is not glued to the handle … the handle is a 1” diameter shaft that goes all the way through the head and is held is place by the two stainless steel screws, making either the head or the handle replaceable. For a good grip, I wrapped the handle with hockey tape (per Rob Cosman).

The overall length is 9 inches. The head is 4” in length, 3” in diameter, tapering to 2-3/4”. Total weight of the mallet is 16.25 ounces.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 03-19-2021 12:49 AM

thats a beautiful mallet gerry,nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 03-19-2021 01:19 AM

I’m liking this, great idea having both parts replaceable.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 03-19-2021 01:39 AM

beautiful mallet, great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 03-19-2021 02:13 AM

Beautiful mallet. Interesting tip on the hockey stick tape.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 03-19-2021 02:39 AM

Nice work!
I have all my stuff wrapped with hockey tape nowadays… lol

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#6 posted 03-19-2021 05:24 AM

Beautiful turned head
Very interesting mix with the metal screws and hockey tape

Can you explain “stabilized with cactus juice” please? Is that a step in turning?

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#7 posted 03-19-2021 01:01 PM

Looks to be a well built mallet and will fit your needs. Interested to know if you stabilized it to bring it to par or just to insure it’s solid.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 03-19-2021 02:00 PM

Can you explain “stabilized with cactus juice” please? Is that a step in turning?

Cactus Juice is a heat-cured resin used to harden and stabilize wood using a vacuum chamber and an oven. Here is an article that details its use:

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 03-19-2021 03:36 PM

Very nice.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#10 posted 03-19-2021 09:42 PM

Nice Mallet.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 03-20-2021 02:35 AM

Beautiful wood and a good job making it. Excellent job!!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#12 posted 03-21-2021 02:47 AM

Nice looking mallet. I have used the Rob Cosman’s suggestion of stick tape before on clamp handles and a hammer handle and it works great. I am uncertain of how it helps on a carving mallet where there is little to no twisting force required. Are you noticing an improvement?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 03-23-2021 07:34 PM

My only (minor) complaint is that such a mallet is actually called a “maul”. A true mallet has a more hammer like layout with flat ends to strike with.

Rather than your hockey tape (my fellow canucks here will shoot me for this), I’d rather use a leather wrap sewn at the seam with a saddler’s stitch and sewn wet so it shrinks onto the handle. (Wanna guess whose other hobby is leathercraft?) (grin)


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#14 posted 03-29-2021 06:10 PM

Lovely mallet, elegant and look like a wonderful tool in use.
As Michael Jackson would have said: just beat it!
Best thoughts,

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

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