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Well I bought those nice Narex Mortising chisels that Lee Valley has on sale and figured it would be good to have something to hit them with…so I got some scrap wood and made myself a mallet! It's made from a couple different pieces of oak and some black walnut (you may notice a striking resemblance to the bracelet I posted recently - same boards were used). Why left-handed you ask? well when I started making the handle I wanted it to fit my hand comfortably so I started removing material wherever I felt a high spot and after a while it sort of evolved into this half twisted shape at the top. My thumb and index finger register into thos spiral grooves regardless of which direction the mallet is facing. It's like that because I wanted it to still feel comfortable when using either face of the mallet so the grip fits both ways. Being left handed didn't really occur to me until someone else held it and pointed out it wasn't quite so contoured to their hand - but who cares, I'm the one who will be using it 99.999% of the time!

The striking faces are tapered toward the end of the handle to square the striking face to the object being struck. it might be a bit steep but should work fine. This is my first attemp at anything like this and my first try at a wedged mortise and tenon. It cam out pretty good but I definitely learned a few things to do differently the next time. It would be easy to modify in the future as the finish is just danish oil (so easy to apply, refurbish and repair!). I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Now I just have to get the nerve up to start beating in those pretty polished faces!!!

Thanks for looking,

Greg

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Great looking tool you have made. I have made a cpl and really like your design. he handle looks great anf the laminates going different direction on the handle than the head looks good. Nice work.
 

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Great looking mallet! It will be hard to put that first strike into it..lol
 

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you are going to use that to hit things with?!? it's too pretty!
 

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I think I'll just have to use it to cut a few mortises before even looking at the face. then there's no going back!
 

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Very nice work - how do the chisels work given that they have tapered sides? I have always used square sided chisels for morticing and wonder how the tapered ones register. If they work - a really good buy!

all the best
 

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DonH - You're asking the wrong guy! This is my first set of mortising chisels so I really have nothing to compare them to. I did make one quick test mortise to try but all I can say is they worked better than my LV plastic handle bench chisels. I can say the taper is quite minor. It's not obvious looking at them but you can tell if you're looking for it. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. Maybe you can give me some tips on cutting mortises - It's a new skill for me to learn now that I have the tools.
 

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Greg,

It's about time we lefties get fair treatment! Actually, it looks better than any right-handed ones I've ever seen!

Ouch, when you get that first dent in it though. ;-(

L/W
 

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Now if they would only make a lefty tape measure. Awesome job on the mallet.
 
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