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Project by mjlauro posted 02-14-2008 01:38 AM 1743 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its amazing what you find when cleaning your shop. These are a couple of my first projects(why do mallets make good starter projects?) Anyway, we have a cocobolo mallet and a zebra wood one which is a bunch of laminations. The first was pre lathe, so the handle had to be shaped by hand. The second was post lathe with a turned handle. Again, that was one of my first between centers(spindle turning) experiences. As always, questions, comments and solutions are welcome and encouraged.

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#1 posted 02-14-2008 01:52 AM

I haven’t made one of these since I was at school 200 years ago. Nice job Mjlauro.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 01:59 AM

Mighty fine pair of nutcrackers you’ve got there. Nice job.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 02:54 AM

Nice ones! I really like the zebra wood one myself, but that cocobolo one isn’t bad either ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 02:58 AM

I’ve always wondered. What makes a good mallet, big and heavy or small and knimble. I want to make one or more but I find that when I’m using the chisel its a small pairing action and I wouldn’t need a 5lb mallet, I currently use a block of wood in my hand. No handle, but just because that was handy. It’s a piece of osage orange about 3” long and 3” across. Round with flat ends. It was a gavel cutoff.

-- 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 02-14-2008 04:23 AM

That’s a couple of the most fanciest mallets I have ever seen, nice work.

-- I can build us one.

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 05:23 AM

Beautiful. I do have a question though, What is the angle on the faces? I am looking to build one or two dozen….lol. Thanks

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 06:31 AM

Good looking mallets – hard to beat that cocobolo, it’s beautiful.

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

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#8 posted 02-14-2008 01:51 PM

Nice mallets.

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 07:10 PM

Laztfiremanintn, The striking face is angled at approx. 5 degrees. I made the cut on a table saw, but a mitre saw would work well also. another thing to consider when making yours is to chamfer all the edges. I didn’t do it with these but apparently is helps with checking.

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#10 posted 02-16-2008 12:33 PM

I would like to try my skills at making one of those. I have a hunk of Lignum Vitae hiding somewhere…

-- "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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#11 posted 02-17-2008 12:33 AM

Thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#12 posted 02-17-2008 09:44 PM

Such a gorgeous hand-made tool is a joy to use. Beautiful.

Hey Lazyfireman and Mjlauro: I read somewhere that if you lay your mallet on the bench with its face flat, the tip (bottom end) of the handle should just touch the bench. That determines the angle of the face. The shorter the swing the more extreme the angle. I used this principle on my mallet and it works great.

-- Happy woodworking!

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