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From firewood to mallet.

I've always wanted a Lie Nielsen mallet made by Blue Spruce. I like the shape, feel, and compact size. It's a beautiful mallet but out of my budget so I decided to make my own.

I drive by a firewood lot every once in a while and love to stop by and see what I can find. There are mounds and mounds of all kinds of wood. The wood is already split so it isn't much good for furniture but it's great for small projects. I found some River Red Gum Eucalyptus firewood (really heavy and hard) with some nice figure and made a mallet out of it.

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Beautiful mallet! How did you connect the handle to the head?

- scrapwoodworker
Thanks! There is a 5/8 tenon going just under 3 inches into the mallet head. It's actually just held in by friction. I tried to do a dry fit and it got stuck so I just pounded it all the way in.
 

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The interface between the 2 woods is very attractive.
 

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it's amazing the beautiful stuff ive seen people make from hunks of firewood.nice job on a great mallet.
 

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it s amazing the beautiful stuff ive seen people make from hunks of firewood.nice job on a great mallet.

- pottz
That's the reason I enjoy checking Lumberjocks. Thanks for the kind words!
 

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Beautiful mallet! How did you connect the handle to the head?

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Thanks! There is a 5/8 tenon going just under 3 inches into the mallet head. It s actually just held in by friction. I tried to do a dry fit and it got stuck so I just pounded it all the way in.

- Acts65Woodworks
Nice! I guess if it ever does come loose, you can always just add glue
 

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Beautiful wood. Nice choice finding the diamond in the rough.
 

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Wow beautiful peace! Awesome save! I wish I found that kind of wood in piles of split wood!!!
 

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That head is gorgeous. It just makes me think about all the beautiful wood that has gone up in smoke. I guess it grows on trees, but still…
 

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Nice job A'65',


you're gonna be busy with this lot!....... Small handle, please.
 

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Wow, I really like that mallet head! That's a great firewood find!!
 

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Stellar job on making the mallet…..nice choice of woods for the mallet head and handle. Besides woodworking, I also do leather crafting and pictorial carvings. That just might be the perfect size for tooling leather….What, about 9--11 ozs.? I use a couple of different size mallets for various task, but I could possibly see this as my "go-to" mallet. If I was a turner, I'd build my own too…!! You need a good solid hard head mallet for use with stamping tools…..!! This would fit the bill.
 

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Wow beautiful peace! Awesome save! I wish I found that kind of wood in piles of split wood!!!

- Mrowell
Thanks! Yeah, I always look forward to visiting that place. It's like a treasure hunt
 

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That head is gorgeous. It just makes me think about all the beautiful wood that has gone up in smoke. I guess it grows on trees, but still…

- Dark_Lightning
I agree. I'm happy I could save this piece from the fire
 

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Nice job A 65 ,


you re gonna be busy with this lot!....... Small handle, please.

- LittleBlackDuck
yea, and that's just 1/4 of the lot
 

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Wow, I really like that mallet head! That's a great firewood find!!

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thanks!
 
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