couple of mallets

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Project by firemedic posted 01-05-2008 02:25 AM 2186 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made two of these for Christmas presents, then in the building process decided I wanted one myself. They are made mostly out of reclaimed pallet lumber and some small cutoffs that I had sitting around. Finished with a couple of coats of BLO.

The basic design of the mallets came from ShopNotes #95 Sept. 07. The laminations are thicker in my mallets due to the fact that I don’t have a band saw (yet) for resawing and only resaw on the table saw as a last resort. The mortises were formed after the glue up by drilling the chiseling.

-- Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 01-05-2008 02:33 AM

Very nice. I just make mine from oak limb wood and they get trashed when I use them with my fro.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#2 posted 01-05-2008 03:37 AM

There are very nice.

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#3 posted 01-05-2008 04:53 AM

Those are sweet. Did you just form the mortises in the process of gluing up? That seems ingenious to me. Now I have no excuse to make the plane hammers I have been contemplating. Thanks for sharing these.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#4 posted 01-05-2008 05:20 AM

Nice mallets. are the gifts used as nut crackers or do you have woodwokers as friends.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-05-2008 06:13 AM

from Pallets to Mallets, nice job.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 01-05-2008 06:21 AM

Great design, love these!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#7 posted 01-05-2008 07:17 AM

Great looking pallet mallet. Thanks for sharing them.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 01-05-2008 09:22 PM

Can you blog or link us to how they were put together? I and probably many more of us LJs would like to make ourselves a couple of them. They definitely add a touch of hand made craftsmanship to a shop. Nice work there FM.


-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 01-06-2008 12:23 AM

Nicely done! Those are very attractive and will be fun to use.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 07-25-2008 04:44 PM

Those look very nice, I made three using the same plans. My blog on the process is here.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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