Turned Mallet-(With a little extra OOMPH !)

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Project by jeffwedekind posted 03-11-2014 10:42 PM 2737 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a little wood whacker, and decided I didn’t have the heart to use the one I previously made(seen here). I also prefer a round mallet for carving, and needed some experience turning, so here is what I came up with.

I raided the firewood/scrap pile and came up with a piece of oak. Suitable, but only big enough for the head, I scrounged a little further and found another straight grained piece for the handle (cherry, I think ?) This posed the perfect dilemma, I’d have to bore a round mortise into the head and turn a tenon to match. Exactly what this budding bodger needed for practice.

While putting it all together, I found that it was a little wimpy for my taste, so I bored another hole in the upper portion of the handle and filled it with about 8 oz of lead. I was careful not to bore too deep into the tenon for fear that it would be too weak and break off at the base of the handle. (Fingers crossed)

So far, so good. I love how it feels in my hand. At a bit more than a pound,it has plenty of heft, yet is small enough that I can choke up on the handle and grip the head for super fine control.

Its pretty clear that I have a long way to go as far as turning is concerned,as evidenced by the fine shavings,as opposed to the nice ribbons some turners get. (see Pic 6). But hey, you have to start somewhere, and I’m no longer intimidated by the process.

Over all It was a big success. I got a very useful tool, and some much needed experience.

Onward and upward,

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 11:11 PM


It look nice to me, and I like the added shot ideal….combine a deadblow with a carvers mallet…brilliant.

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#2 posted 03-12-2014 05:51 AM

I like it!

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#3 posted 03-12-2014 07:44 AM

I really like this. A lovely variation to my simple mallet

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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#4 posted 03-12-2014 09:55 AM

I like it, should serve you well. Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 03-12-2014 12:17 PM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 03-12-2014 03:22 PM

That’s probably a good idea that you didn’t use the carved mallet, it’s nice looking, but your WEDGE is facing the wrong way. if you used it, you would keep tightening the wedge eventually splitting the mallet.
Wedges in the handle should be oriented 90 degrees to the head grain, not parallel.

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 03-12-2014 05:54 PM

That’s the nice thing about turned mallets that are wedged. You can just turn the handle to the correct orientation, and tighten away.

I’ve got one that I made out of Poplar ten or more years ago, and it’s still going strong. And if anything ever happens to it, I made two more out of Oak.

Nice thing about turning.. it doesn’t take long to knock one out, even if you’re not much of a turner.

That’s a fine looking mallet, and useful too.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 02:34 AM

I badly need one of these, but I keep putting it off. Thanks for the motivation.

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#9 posted 03-14-2014 07:38 PM

Thanks to every one for the nice comments.

woodchucker, thanks for the advice, I didn’t know that.

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#10 posted 03-19-2014 02:10 PM

Good looking and well made mallet. It will serve you well around the shop. Great job!

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#11 posted 06-23-2021 02:45 AM

I love that we can make our own, and make as many as we want, rather than spending the money on buying them. I just gave my son two (a large, heavy one and a light one) from sycamore, which seems a whole lot harder than the scales I read indicate they are.

I also have about for of my own, until I come across someone in need of one and not set up to make their own.

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