Meat Mallet

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Project by Tinnocker posted 06-16-2011 03:38 AM 2722 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the contest:
The mallet head is salvaged oak 3 pieces 3/4 X3X4 glued together with white Gorilla Glue to make a block that measures 2X4X3 the handle is 2 scrap pieces of maple left over from my horizontal morticer glued together with the white Gorilla Glue that I then turned on the lathe the handle is held together in the mallet head with White Gorilla Glue. I used the band saw to make the mallet face and I finished the project with 3 coats of mineral oil.

The story behind this is kinda funny, two weeks ago we had barbeque pork spareribs for dinner. I’m the grill master of the house so I made the ribs my way which is to cut the ribs apart, throw them in a pot with salt, barbeque and mesquite seasoning and just cover them in water bring it to a boil then turn the heat down and simmer them for 30 minutes. Once they are cool I put them in a zip-lock plastic bag with a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbeque sauce and marinate them in the fridge for 3 hours. Then I grill them on a cast iron grilling platter under the broiler (our grill is kaputski). They are fall off the bones good this way!
Back to the story! When I was cutting up the ribs there was a real hard bone in the way and I used my wife’s favorite heavy duty expensive aluminum meat mallet to hammer the cleaver to cut the bone through. (I’m disabled and don’t have the strength I used to. I need all the help I can get now!) As you can imagine I broke the darn thing! As soon as my wife heard my expletive or (BLEEP!) she knew I did something I shouldn’t have, and came in the kitchen to see what I damaged (How do they know these things?) I apologized and promised that I would make her a new one, even better than the junky aluminum piece of crap. Obviously this didn’t get me off the hook so I also did the dishes and vacuumed, that kinda made her happy.
It may be a few days before I make anymore projects, My wife agreed to let me pull up the carpet in my shop and then I’ll be rearranging things to take advantage of the wheels on my tools.
By the way, my darling was very happy with the mallet. She used it tonight to tenderize chicken breasts for our chicken Parmesan dinner

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 05:24 AM

Nice tenderizer mallet!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 10:56 AM

Hmmmmm I get hungry.
Wonderful story and I love ribs.
Fine mallet, happy she got mild again.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 06-17-2011 02:51 PM

I’m not sure which is more interesting to me, the mallet or the rib recipe. Here in Alabama, we are BBQ fanatics and there are lots of different varieties of BBQ sauce (personally, I like most all of them). We have some serious competitions (there are actually people that make their living doing these things). Anyway, nice malett and good use of some scraps. When I first saw your pics (before reading your comments), I was imagining some sort of router jig using a v-bit to make the face. I would have never thought of trying it on a band saw. The same design, minus the toothed face, would make for an excellent shop mallet too. Only thing that I might change would be to make the mortise for the handle go through the head of the mallet and then use a wedge (in addition to the glue) to secure the mallett head. Also, is that Gorilla White Glue waterproof? Is there any concern that the glue could fail due to exposure to moisture.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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