Say hello to my little friend

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I just finished the construction of a new table and I used mortise and tenon joinery for the first time. I kept thinking as I chiselled out the waste, “Boy, it would be nice to have a big wooden mallet for this.” But rather than pause the project I waited until it was together and made this in between finish coats. It’s a nice to have not a need to have, the little rubber mallet got me through okay. I’d post the table but I’m still working on the tile top. Oh yeah, this is made from ash and oak. The grooves on the side are the underside of an extra floor board I used. I thought they looked kinda neat so I left them. I cut the shape on the bandsaw and I used a spokeshave on the handle. Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 06-27-2008 02:17 AM

Hello there little friend … enjoy yourself

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 06-27-2008 03:18 AM

Nice job…. I was wondering about the grooves. :)

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 06-27-2008 04:20 AM

Nice mallet. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 06-27-2008 05:51 AM

I have a persuader too, it aint that pretty though.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 06-27-2008 05:55 AM

Like the mallet a lot. Love the Scarface reference. Nice stuff Rob.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 06-27-2008 12:03 PM


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#7 posted 06-27-2008 03:51 PM

Hi Rob;

Great job and your right, the racing stripes do look good.

They probably act to allow the mallet to swing faster due to less wind resistance! LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 06-27-2008 06:28 PM

That looks like a very authoritative mallet. Excellent job.

And then there is the side blessing that this isn’t a woodburned portrait of Pacino holding an assault weapon and wearing a bad 1980’s suitcoat. I thank you for that as well.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#9 posted 06-28-2008 04:48 PM

Looks very nice how did you get the head and handle to go together?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#10 posted 06-28-2008 06:33 PM

Hi sIKE, The mallet is 5 pieces glued together in 3 layers. The handle extends thru the head to the top; then pieces as wide as the handle were glued to make what looked like a very thin mallet. Then I planed it level and smooth and then glued on the sides of the mallet to make it thicker. Then of course I routed the racing stripes for wind resistance ;)

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Douglas, thanks for the woodburning idea!

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#11 posted 06-30-2008 09:24 AM

OMG, No!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#12 posted 08-15-2008 03:06 PM


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#13 posted 01-21-2012 01:17 PM

I was imagining building the head with a long tapered slot that the handle would drop fit into; I think your approach was a lot smarter/less frustrating! What is total weight?

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#14 posted 01-21-2012 03:11 PM

Nice job on the mallet.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 01-21-2012 05:38 PM

If I had a hammer
I’d hammer in the morning
I’d hammer in the evening
All over this land
I’d hammer out danger
I’d hammer out a warning
I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land.

Nice project !

-- -- Neil

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