Wooden Mallet out of reclaimed scrap lumber

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Project by palaswood posted 10-31-2013 06:23 PM 14043 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I messed around and made a wooden mallet the other day. My first attempt below, using doug fir for the mallet head and a rough turned handle out of SPF lumber reclaimed from an apartment complex property renovation

This project is my 2nd attempt, and think i’m getting the hang of it now.

So having cut in half a planed down 2×4 section, I glued it back on itself, so as to sort of “bookmatch” the endgrain pattern.

No pics of the glue up, but its pretty straightforward.

I planed it to shape best I could, then ROS sanded with 60 grit to get the endgrain down to a nice glue line and flat.

Then I drilled a hole down the center.

The hole on the first mallet was VERY off center coming out the bottom, and I got mad tear-out, so putting a block under would really help (which i neglected to do again!). I was really careful to watch the level bubble on the drill back this time, since no drill press :(

Worked well. I then turned the handle on the lathe out of a blank of really light, but strong straight-grained douglas fir from a reclaimed 2×4. Now they are sanded to 400 grit and ready to assemble.

I split the end of the handle with my dovetail saw, then widened it with the miter saw & drilled the bottom so it wont split

I didnt use glue, just wanted a wedge alone. I made the wedge from a strip of walnut cutoff from a cabinet shop near my workplace.

Didn’t quite fill the slot completely. I have a gap on one side.

So I improvised by adding a mini wedge piece and it doesn’t look too shabby after some clean up with the chisel, knife and sandpaper.

Sanded smooth to 600

The finished piece after applying Watco Danish oil

This was so much fun, and I completed it in about 3 hours, not counting the previously glued up head piece.
I believe its time to graduate to some hardwoods…

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#1 posted 10-31-2013 08:21 PM

Absolutely delightful. Clean design and obviously gorgeous.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 10-31-2013 08:34 PM

That’s a serious thumper there bro. Smash something with it!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 09:34 PM

Pretty piece of wood. Well done! Now tell me you won’t strike another object with that thing.

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#4 posted 10-31-2013 10:17 PM

great mallet,excellent build.

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#5 posted 11-01-2013 12:08 AM

I really enjoy looking at this mallet. Different than others posted here, Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 11-01-2013 12:29 AM

Thanks everyone. @DoubleDD – Yeah, i think so too. Its built for function, yet I wanted a smooth design that looks burly, yet classy and… chunky, to borrow a term my girlfriend uses for jewelry. I’m gonna build some more. They are light, but REALLY solid. Fun and quick to build.

I’ve got some old growth stuff I’m gonna use for the next one I believe. Should be much more dense. Maybe a hardwood edition is forthcoming

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#7 posted 11-01-2013 03:41 AM

that thing is HUGE!

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#8 posted 11-01-2013 03:42 AM

It is a brute. I bet it gets lot of use.

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#9 posted 11-01-2013 04:47 PM

Built one similar, but not as nice as yours. Only problem is my grandson confiscated it and uses it as his Thor hammer. As long as he only pretends to throw it and it makes him happy, I’m OK with it. I can always make another one. Keep up the beautiful work.

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#10 posted 11-01-2013 05:36 PM

Its the camera angle, its not THAT big. It sure is beefy though. This is more or less a true angle. I dont have big hands, btw.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#11 posted 11-01-2013 07:53 PM

THAT’s not a mallet! THAT’s the Hammer of THOR!

NICE! :-)

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#12 posted 11-01-2013 08:38 PM

Love the mallet, very nice

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