Wooden Mallets

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Project by Cliff posted 03-15-2014 10:02 AM 3272 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a Novice Wood Worker my progress will be a bit on the slow side until more confidence is gained. Somehow it seemed a good idea to have a go at making mallets, this would involve a variety of skill building exercises such as cutting the rough stock on the table saw and the band saw, then moving on to the lathe and the polishing and gluing the finished product.
I really enjoyed making these mallets, it was a ton of fun and it wet the whistle to tackle more mallets of all sorts of shapes and sizes.

I made a lot of mistakes on this project. The hand cut Mortice and Tenons are a bit ‘rough and ready’ but I had a go and did my best. The handle on one of the chisels is not centre, ‘Hmmmmmm, how did that happen??? Ha, Ha. Better luck next time!!! You should have seen me trying to glue the handles, there was glue everywhere except where I wanted it.

The main body of the mallet is made from a moderate hardwood, this was left over from the legs of my work bench when I built it. The wood on the top and bottom ends of the mallets and the handles are very old Australian Hard Wood, I believe it could be Iron Bark and it would be over sixty years old. Thank you for looking and reading this.

Kind regards,

Happy woodworking to all the Lumber Jocks.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 03-15-2014 11:52 AM

Good on you Cliff, I like the look of your mallets and you sound like you had fun and enjoyed yourself.
Keep them coming mate, can’t have to many mallets.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 03-15-2014 11:56 AM

Well, they look great, and you have yet one more project to add to your list of accomplishments.

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#3 posted 03-15-2014 12:01 PM

From where I sit Cliff, these mallets look great. I really like the barrel look on the head.
Looks liked you’ve discovered the real secrets to woodworking – having fun!, and speed is not part of the game. Mistakes are part of the game though, but who cares, it’s still fun & that’s how we learn. Each time you master a method or technique, or tool, you are rewarded with a great deal of satisfaction.
Happy woodworking to you, create and enjoy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 03-15-2014 01:17 PM

These will all make nice additions to your shop. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-15-2014 01:53 PM

Super nice Cliff. I too like the look of them. The hand cut mortise gives it a realistic look. Well done my friend. This one I may have to copy. Good to have tools made of material as old as we are. You know they are reliable.

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

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#6 posted 03-15-2014 02:18 PM

Looks great. Progress is made!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 03-15-2014 02:49 PM

Nice sturdy mallets. They are very useful in the shop. Good early project to make!...Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 03-15-2014 09:09 PM

Very Nice Projects. Well Executed. Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 03-15-2014 09:31 PM

I just hope your not thinking of clonking the bank manager over the old noggin with them LOL looking great.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 03-16-2014 12:41 AM

Thanks Bob, glad you liked the Mallets and you are right! can’t have too many of them.
Thanks georgiaken. oldtool, glad you like the mallets and that you like the barrel look (they remind me of coffee bottles or beer barrells ha, ha ) I appreciate your thoughts and philosophy on wood working, I will always remember that. Thank you helluvawreck. Dave! I am flattered that you have added my project to your favourites and intend to copy. Thank you for your nice comments. Thank you Monte Pittman, yes progress is being made.
Jim, thank you for your comments and your very helpful advice and the sharing of your knowledge on the L J Site.
Thank you Rick. SCOTSMAN, yes I had better keep away from Bank Managers. Thank you for the nice comment.
By the way…..your typing is fine…Best wishes.
Thanks again everybody. Regards…...Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#11 posted 03-16-2014 03:04 AM

They might be so pretty that you do not use them!


Use-EM; if they show a little wear—so much the better!

We buy/make/modify our equipment to use it.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#12 posted 03-16-2014 09:11 AM

Your mallets are very nice looking and they should serve you well in the shop too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 03-16-2014 11:49 AM

Thanks ralbuck for your nice comments, you are right, I should just use them.

Thanks Mike, they will come in handy as lathe chisels.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#14 posted 03-17-2014 02:43 AM

Pics went from boring to awesome, quickly. Nice work.

Are the collars glued to/cover the face of the mallet or how are they attached?

-- Rick M,

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#15 posted 03-19-2014 10:35 AM

Now I may have to try this

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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