Maple Mallet with touches of Oak

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Project by jjw5858 posted 03-22-2014 08:48 PM 2370 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello friends, I hope all of you are well and enjoying your current projects.

This is my first official mallet. I had been wanting to make one, but I just always seemed to be on to a spoon or other project. I enjoyed the challenge of doing the side chamfers with my #4 Stanley plane just as I learned from Paul Sellers. The handles/tenons fox wedges were also a new thing for me to try. I added some Oak dowels to add decoration as well as a sort of wooden nail arrangement for extra joinery. The dowels also played off of my Oak wedges. I am very pleased with the weight and feel of this new bench companion. The head is not weighted, I wanted something for lighter contact.

Once you get into the swing of things you can really do a lot with a small amount of tools. Many of these tools were inexpensive auction finds cleaned and sharpened for use. I hope this may inspire more people to try the wonderful experience of hand tool work. Making this was a great introduction to more mallet making. I have some more style ideas in the think tank for future attempts. This was a good and fun project to learn more about traditional woodworking and I thank you for looking!

Tools used and I listed prices for those bought at an auction:
Stanely #4 (I spent $10 dollars and refurbished it)
Spoke shave, ($5 Dollars)
Vaughn combo hammer
Disston crosscut saw ($5 Dollars)
1” Craftsmen chisel (for paring)
Stanley 3/4 chisel (for the mortice)
150,220,400 Sandpapers
Boiled linseed Oil (2 coats)
And anything else I

Take care and keep making shavings!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-22-2014 08:53 PM

Good looking mallet. Now you can smash your hand with a weapon of your own making.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-22-2014 10:41 PM

Nice job on this. Like the write up on it too.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 12:17 AM

Well done, You may find that you want a couple of them.. that maple head is harder than most of the woods you may be whacking.. so it will leave a mark.. I have three, a maple, a cherry, and a real bruiser made out of ash..
I really like the cherry for knocking furniture pieces together.. does not leave as many reminders of my heavy handedness… haha… sure looks like it will get the job done.. like the look also.. Papa

-- Papa...

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 12:24 AM

hey something I did with the first one I made, it was the ASH and its hard.. so I made some squares of pine and would glue one to one end of the mallet.. that way if I needed a little softer hit, I would use the pine end..
after a couple months, I would scrape the little bits left off the end and glue on a new one.. was what made me decide to make a couple others..worked that way for three years without any problems.. just an idea.. caution.. will not be as pretty with the added end.. Papa

-- Papa...

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 02:41 AM

That will a nice daily companion and as tools go used or self made is the way to go ,so much more satisfaction in that . BTW Horse leather faces would be nice from what I have been told they last a long time .

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 03-23-2014 09:17 AM

Nice mallet Joe. I have some maple left over from my current project and I need a new mallet, so thanks for the inspiration!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-23-2014 09:27 AM

That’s a nice looking mallet there.

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#8 posted 03-23-2014 10:58 AM

Very nice. Is this mallet month?

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 03-23-2014 12:17 PM

Thank you friends I appreciate the tips. I think your right Roger....maybe this is March Mallet Madness…lol. Take care everyone and thanks for taking a look.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#10 posted 03-23-2014 08:53 PM

Very nice mallet, I love the wood color and grain.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#11 posted 03-24-2014 02:00 AM

Nice mallet, Joe!!.........................Jim

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

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#12 posted 03-24-2014 10:13 PM

Looks smashing!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 03-25-2014 04:10 PM

Looks great Joe.

-- ~Tony

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#14 posted 04-01-2014 03:05 PM

Well done man!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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