Small Wood Mallet

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Project by pendledad posted 09-09-2012 02:28 AM 2511 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first project, done completely by hand. I bought a ton of wood from an estate sale, and part of the lot was this extremely dense heavy wood block. I had no idea what to do with it or what kind of wood it is. I decided it was the right size for a small hammer, possibly for my chisel work.

I cut through the wood with my ryoba, but it was slow going. The wood has an amazing grain pattern and a rich deep red color.

I hand bored a hole and tried to chop a square mortise. It didn’t go so smooth because the wood is like steel. I decided I would shape the tenon as best I could to match the hole in the head.

I made a fit, although it wasn’t pretty. I cut a wedge out some other hardwood scrap and glue it all up.

The hammer is a perfect weight and will be my new chisel hammer. Next up a toolbox to store my wood working tools.

Any tips are appreciated. Anyone know what this wood is?


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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 03:01 AM

Hey, welcome to Lumberjocks. You’ll find this the best woodworking site on the planet… and it is addicting!
nice mallet, You always need one or more in the shop.
that is some pretty wood but I don’t have a clue as to what it is. I hope you have a lot of it. It would make some beautiful turned items!!!!!!!!! do you know where you got it?it might be imported…..........Jim

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 03:30 AM

Thats some pretty wood, but I have no clue what kind it is. Like the mallet, they do come in handy. Welcome to LJ’s!!

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 04:54 AM

Nice mallet and nice wood, could be Wenge. You should round the edges, there are the weak point of mallets, don’t ask me how I know :)

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 01:46 PM

I was thinking Teak. Would be that hard to work on.

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 06:12 PM

I have what appears to be same wood, is 2×2x24” came from Rockler, cant read tag,as to what is.

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#6 posted 09-09-2012 08:32 PM

Nice mallet – looks like Ziricote to me.

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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#7 posted 09-10-2012 04:54 AM

That third pic sells it as cocobolo…

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