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Project by Mark Gipson posted 05-15-2013 12:59 PM 1784 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Beech chisel mallet. My first shop made tool, first wedged tenon, first use of hand tools for shaping the head and handle. Using a $3 Chinese spokeshave to shape the handle really made we wish for a nicer one but it’s all I could find locally, I guess I have to make a nicer one myself.
I shall name her SkaĆ°i.

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#1 posted 05-15-2013 03:31 PM

Nice mallet and even better name.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 05-15-2013 04:40 PM

You did some very good work on it and got an excellent result in spite of the not so good tools use to make it. This design is very good. Especially helpful when chopping mortises or other chisel work where some heft is needed. I had a shop made mallet almost identical to yours, but the glue finally gave out recently. I need to make a new one with better glue this time. I hope it comes out as nice as yours.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-26-2013 12:05 AM

thats a nice mallet!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#4 posted 06-26-2013 08:56 AM

A lot like mine, which is Beech, but it is due to be replaced.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-26-2013 10:51 AM

Nicely done. Having undertaken making one of my own recently, I have a newly found appreciation for the level of work even in such a seemingly small project. Yours came out better than mine, and I really like your design as well. The angled faces look very nice, and my handle is basically square. I had no spoke shave, and butchered mine with a jig saw.

But I did use birch for the head. It is beautiful wood, isn’t it.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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