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Project by hairy posted 06-23-2011 02:44 AM 2546 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m in full on mallet mood lately. I need help.

Sometimes I just feel like giving something a little whack. Brass head, 3/4” x 1 and 3/4 ”, walnut handle. I’m liking these handles that go from round at one end to flat at the other.

I made up a jig to drill the head, out of a lumber scrap. I was a little off with my measurements, so I was way off by the time I put it together. I learned another way to do something wrong. I thought I knew them all by now.

Plan B was to drill the head on the lathe. No measuring, just find the center. I used 4 bits to work my way up to 3/8”.

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#1 posted 06-23-2011 06:38 AM

Hairy that looks like a great little mallet! I really like the handle transition from round to flat.

Where did you get the brass from? I’m thinking I see one of these in my future.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#2 posted 06-23-2011 09:46 AM

Nice looking mallet!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 01:21 PM

Good one Hairy.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 06-23-2011 01:26 PM

Thanks fellas!

Matt, I have several brass rods in my toolbox, used as punches. Actually called a drift, you can hit something really good, and damage the tool instead of the workpiece. Like when changing bearing races.

I have been looking all over the internet and locally to find some smaller sizes of brass rod for some other projects I have in mind. I need some 1/4” rod, but don’t want to buy in mass quantity.

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#5 posted 06-23-2011 01:59 PM

I love that little sap creeping onto the handle. Very nice.

Regarding bar stock, there’s usually quite a bit of it on Ebay, but as you know, it’s heavy to ship. I’ve found up to 1/4 but no further at my local stores.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 06-23-2011 03:03 PM

nifty and I’m sure very handy for small stuff

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#7 posted 06-23-2011 03:30 PM

Hairy, try your local welding supply stores for brass rod up to 3/8”. They stocked the 1/4” rod, but had to
order the 3/8” from their warehouse on a stock order (I am too cheap to pay freight), it is used for brazing,
so the rod needs a little polishing, but it works great. If you have a friend who is a welder, they can get you
a better price, even if it costs a six pack, you can help drink the beer. Some fastener stores stock brass
bolts, or can get them from their warehouse, and you can sometimes get them in singles up to 1”, if you
are polite and buy a box or two of screws, it is an easy way to get brass. I really like that just the right
size for a minor adjustment hammer you made. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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