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I do a little carving on some of my projects & found that the store bought mallets are made for giants. Both the grip area & the overall length are way too long. The only solution was to turn my own.

Since I like using baseball bat billets of maple & ash for some of my projects like pepper mills, I thought I would get an Ash billet at Woodcraft for the mallets. I found a nice pattern for a "Goldielocks" mallet that was just the right size. But after turning the first mallet I found that the mallet was a little light & was best used for lighter more shallow carving. Soooo I cut a blank to length & bored a hole in the business end. I used the hole on the live center end of my lathe & turned another mallet with the same dimensions as the first but burned a marker ring to easily identify which mallet was which. After completing & finishing the majority of the mallet I crammed a few lead muzzleloading round balls in the end & plugged the hole. Now I have two mallets of identical shape with different weights. I like the feel of using the same size mallet that delivers more inertia without using hardly any more muscle.

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Well done.
 

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You will appreciate your own work every time you use them too, very nice!

Just hammer away the way that works BEST for YOU!.
 

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A great idea! The mallet I have is also too big for most of the carving I do. Have you weighed your two mallets? What is the overall & handle length?
 

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Very nice..
 

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Nice mallets! I'll have to consider using weights instead of changing the mallet size. I have giant hands though, so I have the opposite problem.
 
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