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I have wanted to make a mallet since my wife bought me a sweet set of Two Cherries Chisels for my birthday a couple years ago. Nobody wants to beat on the prize possession with a claw hammer. "can't you just buy a mallet?"...wife Some people geez. Anyway, I finally went through some shorts that have been piling up and dug out some walnut and uh.. the other wood. I used no plans and gave this no thought at all I just made it. Turns out using plans and thinking are good to do. Who knew? I like how it turned out but I ended up with a wooden sledge instead of a wooden mallet. I set it on the floor to take a pic and my wife's cat figured it was a gift for her or something but she makes a nice size reference.

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You better hope that Thor doesn't find out that you snatched up his hammer.
Nice job. How does it push the chisels around?
 

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Wow! I see some very deep mortises in your future Spaids. A very handsome hammer and a nice cat too.
 

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looks nice… One thing to keep in mind on your next build, the grain in the handle needs to be oriented so the radial surface (quatersawn) is in line with the blow side of the hammer. The flatsawn surface should be in relation to the side of the hammer head. It looks like yours is the opposite. Over time the handle can break or splinter apart.
 

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Childress: Thanks for the tip. I didn't think about that and I'm still a little confused. Hmmm if I think about baseball bats it helps make it a little clearer though. The mistake is most visible when looking at the top of the mallet. The wedges have a very defined grain while the handle grain is not so defined but you can still see its going the wrong way. Picture number 3 shows it the best. When this sucker breaks on me now I'll know why and I can make the next one right. Thanks a lot man. I appreciate the help.

To the other guys "how does it push the chisels around" and "very deep mortises in your future".. when I get a chance to use this behemoth and it drives my 1 inch chisel through like a brad wire, I might just retire it early.

oh well. At least its fun to hold it and yell "YAARRRRRRR"
 

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Me like. Must make. I just finished a project that required cutting several notches in timber. I started off using a regular steel hammer and realized I got much better results hitting the chisel with wood. So I finished the project using a piece of 2×4 as a mallet!

My wife said the same thing, "just buy a mallet".
 

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Cool I just made 3 of these last week or so! Not as big though.
 

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That thing reminds me of Mario in Donkey Kong when he would get the hammer! Nice work, though. If it's too big to use, just mount it on the wall and remind friends to always return any tools they borrow….or they'll get a visit from the hammer.
 

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I was just looking at your "How much angle" forum and had to come back and take another look at this one. Man, that is just too sweet! I have got to try and make one with a little bit of a twist.
 

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WOAH, is this a double handed swor..err…hamme…er… mallet? saweet!

I like the walnut grain on that one.
 

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Nice mallet. I love the cat picture! It's like my cat: whatever picture she's in she looks the same. "Silly human. Now feed me."
 

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you never know when you will need a gentile persuader for those stubborn dovetails
 
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