My First Mallet

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Project by bit101 posted 03-22-2014 01:17 PM 2104 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jumping on the mallet bandwagon. A few years ago I had to replace cracked stair. Had this stair board sitting around for ages. Pretty sure it’s oak. The head is three slices, with holes drilled in the center and filled with BBs. Head is 4 1/2” long. Whole thing is about 10 1/2” or 11” long. Carved out the handle shape on the band saw and smoothed it off on the sander. Tenoned the top and put in some wedges. It’s soaking up its second coat of dutch oil now. I might try to scrounge up some leather to put on the striking surfaces.

It would have been nice to get more creative with different types of wood. But it’s nice and solid and feels good. I’m sure it’ll give me years of service. And, I finally got rid of that chunk of stair board.

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#1 posted 03-22-2014 04:27 PM

Nice mallet, should serve you well. I need to get on the bandwagon myself and get one made…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 03-22-2014 09:22 PM

Make that two votes for a nice mallet, AND two votes for jumping on the bandwagon.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 12:57 AM

Nice and it won’t be the last they are just too handy ,stay on the wagon and enjoy .

-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 02:54 AM

Impressive! Looks like a mallet I could love.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 05:03 AM

bit 101, Really beautiful Mallet!!! The Timber is very attractive, is it a Hard Wood? I like the grain lines and the way they stand out. It would be a good Mallet for hand working with carpenters chisels, the balance looks pretty good too and I like the traditional squared edging on the handle. I will mark it in my favourites right away.



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

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DeLayne Peck

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#6 posted 03-23-2014 05:40 AM

Great mallet! Odd, I just got interested in making one for whacking hold downs on new bench. You’re an inspiration!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#7 posted 03-27-2014 03:56 PM

That’s one pretty and handy tool. Looks comfy to hold. A must have in the shop. Great job!

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