Birch Mallet on the cheap

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Project by JimDaddyO posted 01-13-2014 07:53 PM 2154 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it is winter and the shop is put away. But I had a bit of a mini epiphany a while back and today was nice enough to go out to the shed and mess around. I have been thinking of a mallet for my chisel work and walked by the firewood pile and it hit me….we don’t need no stinkin’ lathe. It starts off round (ish). So I got a little piece that felt a comfy size, and a bigger piece that looked about right. A little cutting and scraping, a slot for a blind wedge to expand the narrow diameter of the handle. A bit of glue and smack it together and a clamp on it. I don’t know if it will last, being made fairly green, so no finish on it. We will just use it as is. It was really cheap to make, so if it does not last, no great loss. I got some time with tools and made something, not often that happens in the winter.

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#1 posted 01-13-2014 10:18 PM

amazingly, this is the first I’ve seen a blind wedge. brilliant. I’m sure it’s an old method, but brilliant! keep us posted as to how it holds up.

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 02:29 PM

It’s my first time seeing a blind wedge as well—our fore bearers sure had some brilliant innovations. Please let us know how this holds up.

-- --bch

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 02:45 PM

Great job on making it with limited tools, it came out great and I’m sure it will be very handy around the shop.

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