Wooden Mallet Set

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Project by lusk posted 02-20-2014 07:26 PM 1715 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the idea for these mallets from Steveinmarin and Woodworking for Mere Mortals, which is a woodworking channel and blog I have come to love over the past couple of years. I found myself needing a mallet and had some scrap wood so i started on the larger one and thought, “why stop there?” With a little more scrap i threw together the smaller one. Instead of sand or fishing sinkers like in the WWMM versions I used birdshot pellets which pack in very tightly and add a lot of weight to the heads. The large mallet is made of red oak (handle and sides of the head) and white oak for the core of the mallet head. The small mallet had a head made up of a red oak core with poplar sides and a white oak handle. I covered each of the faces of the mallets with leather to avoid marring any surfaces, and to hopefully prolong the life, another great tip from WWMM. I have no idea as to the weight of either (hopefully I will soon) but they feel great in the hand.

This is a project that can be done with minimal, cheap tools in just a few days. I see no reason that someone couldn’t do this with a hand saw, a few chisels, a couple of clamps and some sandpaper. They will definitely be a very welcome addition to my shop.

-- Carlin, Upstate SC

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 07:37 PM

Looks gret! This is on my to-do list! Thanks for posting.

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 09:01 PM

Nice job. On my to-do list as well.

-- Nicky

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#3 posted 02-20-2014 09:54 PM

Nice mallets.
Check this out.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 02-22-2014 01:45 AM

Very Nice Work indeed Carlin! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 02-26-2014 05:23 PM

Great looking set of mallets. They are handy and useful tools around the shop. Great job!

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 04:53 AM

Thanks guys. Its really nice for a novice like me to be able to “throw” something together that looks good, is functional and hopefully will be for years to come. Quite satisfying.

-- Carlin, Upstate SC

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