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I'm always looking on line at all the great You Tube websites of all my favorite woodworkers and awhile back I was watching Brian Grella on his "Garage Woodworks" website. http://www.garagewoodworks.com/video.php?video=v105 I was very interested in making one of his mallets to use with my wood carving. Watching his simple straight forward method of teaching I was very successful. Actually I made some mistakes that forced me to start over, but it was worth the effort.

I used walnut and oak as my two main wood selections. In the handle part I started out trying to hand carve a basket weave look on both sides of the handle. As some know trying to hand carve oak is really tuff. After completing the carving I was not happy so I routed out the carving and inserted two walnut inserts. I wish I would have selected a darker piece of walnut, but since this tool will get beat around, I was not too concerned.

Overall I'm very happy with the results. I'm hoping that I will get much use as one of my main carving tools.

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That will do just fine and the walnut is a nice accent too.
As long as it is built solid it will last for years .
 

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hey bit 101,
Here is the finished dimensions. The head is 2.5 inch square x 5.25 inches long. the handle is 1 inch square x 11.50 long. These are the finish length of handle. You would want to make about 1/2 inch longer to cutoff after assembled. If you are interested I would be glad to make a shetchup drawing and send your way if interested. Thanks for commenting.
 

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I've already got a mallet in progress with some scraps I had lying around. A bit smaller, I think 2.5" square x 4.5 long and the handle is about 10.5 if I recall correctly. Did you add weight to it to make it a deadblow mallet? If so, can I ask what you used and where you got it? I've been looking at lead fishing weights and bbs. Not sure what is best.
 

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Hello bit101,

I used "BB's" The idea came from the link I show above in my project description above. I made my mallet based around that video. I've heard of using fishing weights or shot. The BB's seem to give it a good feel. Per my mallet, I feel like the weight feels good.
 

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Hi Tom . . . VERY nice mallet sir. WELL DONE! I came up with this http://lumberjocks.com/projects/98758 and just may incorporate the leather string idea. I will be stain the handle of mine yellow to make it stand out, leaving the head natural and finishing it with some Birchwood Casey Tru - Oil Gun Stock Finish. And . . . I will be making a replica of yours as well. Thanks for the fine project!
 

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Thanks Tom. Yeah, I saw that video. There seemed to be a flurry of mallet making a few weeks back. I'm using the same rough plan myself. Got all the pieces cut and holes drilled. Now off to find some BBs.
 

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BBs acquired. Mallet head glued and clamped. Thanks for the info!
 

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YEA! A Left Handed Mallet! Very Nice! & Well Done! Thanks For Posting.
 

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Great looking mallet tom!
 

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Nice mallet. These are handy dandy to have, and to make.
 

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Nice looking mallet, Tom!!! Bit101, Tom & NickyP, I finished mine up last night, except for the finish, that I'm going to do today (a couple of coats of BLSO). I didn't think of the leather thong to hang if by. I just may drill a hole in the handle just in case and then put the finish on. If Anybody wants the plans they are in ShopNotes #2 March 1992. The plans call for lead split shot, I used BB's @ $4.57 from Wal-Mart. The price of lead split shot (fishing weights) was twice that or more. Again great job.
 
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