carpenter mallets

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Project by cwojo posted 05-19-2011 08:21 PM 1925 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

the heads of both and handle of the smaller are made from rock maple. the handle of the larger is paper bark birch for its shock cushioning properties and the heads are succured (without glue, nails, or screws) by a long taper (5deg off 90) through mortise so the head cant fly off unless they break. the striking face of the larger is about 3×1.5” and the smaller is about 1 3/8×7/8” and are angled 5 deg so they strike squarely and the thickness and length of each head is about 3 times that of the handle. if you make one for your self be sure to lightly oil the head to retain the moisture in the wood to prevent spliting ( striking face will dent with initial use but will smooth out after it becomes worn in and the wood fiber become more compressed

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#1 posted 05-19-2011 09:00 PM

Great looking tools! ? on the head & handle joint, is the head two pieces tapered and then glued locking on to the handle? or does the haft of the handle fit through the tapered mortise?

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#2 posted 05-19-2011 11:20 PM

niiiice set :-)
thank´s for sharing


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#3 posted 05-20-2011 02:53 AM

Nice set, I’m close on finishing one myself that I hope to post soon. How did you get the angle of the handle to match the angled mortise? It’s the part I’m having the most trouble with. Also, when you say lightly oil, what about Tung oil finish? My head is purpleheart. Thanks.

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#4 posted 05-20-2011 03:11 AM

I love the lettering! Great job!

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#5 posted 05-20-2011 03:04 PM

Great job! I have got to make some of these!

-- christopheralan

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