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07-19-2018 06:31 PM

Hi all

In “Projects” I have been seeing quite a few hammers/mallets going through, and wanted to ask the collective about what I have been seeing.

Quite a few circular heads, some straight up, some tapered. I’ve never used a circular tool barring a few hammers I have with a large round, but decidedly flat striking head. It’s the flat I use on them. Mostly I have squarish shaped hammers/mallets made of wood, most of them with an angled head, just a few degrees, so the flat hits right counting arm extension through the blow. I’ve found too much angle and I get a lot of missed strikes, with the head glancing off, presumably due to the angle?

I really like the look of these German hand grenades the guys are making, but fear I would find myself with the same problem I have with too much angle on a flat faced striker.

Thoughts, experiences?

TIA

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#1 posted 07-19-2018 06:40 PM


Thoughts, experiences?

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#2 posted 07-19-2018 07:27 PM

what are you mainly “striking” and “hammering” in your style of woodworking ?

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#3 posted 07-19-2018 08:02 PM

If you have a lathe, it’ll take (maybe) a couple hours to complete a cylindrical mallet from start to finish, and you can try it for yourself. I have both, use the square more often than not. A bit of repetition and either one of them become second nature / easy and consistent in use.

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#4 posted 07-19-2018 08:40 PM

The cylindrical mallets work very well on chisels. The curved surface seems transfer energy into the chisel without glancing off even when you don’t hit exactly square. A lot of chisels have a domed head and this design seems to work well on them. They are also known as chisel mallets.
I have both the round and flat mallets and use them both. The chisel mallet on chisels and the flat surfaced on flatter surfaces.

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#5 posted 07-19-2018 10:02 PM

Normal use..

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#6 posted 07-21-2018 04:09 AM



what are you mainly “striking” and “hammering” in your style of woodworking ?

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Chisels mostly John, for the types of hammers I am thinking of here. Lot’s of practice driving nails, and I have hammers for all of that. Mostly woodworking. To be honest I use the stubby hammers made famous by By Kevin

My other current go to is just a round of brass about 5” long by 1” diameter, no handle. I just grasp it and go. I have a few assorted small hammers for pins, adjusting plane blades on my Kana. Odds and ends.

Truth be told I’m not feeling I need to have other than I am currently using, just was drawn to some of the hand made ones I have been seeing. So many of them have rounded striking faces.

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#7 posted 07-21-2018 04:10 AM

No Lathe Smitty. I had a ShopSmith for years, sold that off before our last move. I’ve looked at a few lately, so that could change.

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#8 posted 07-21-2018 04:13 AM

Bandit, what are those 2 chisels to the left?

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#9 posted 07-21-2018 09:49 PM

A thought: Several years ago I made myself a rectangle headed wood mallet of medium weight. When I built it my idea was for use with chisels. The face is fairly flat and square. It turns out that I use that mallet more often than my others which are cylindrical and heavier. The head shape works great in tight spots and the weight is ideal for better control. Now a heavy mallet certainly has its place especially for mortise work but that little mallet really gets used a lot for a lot of different things.

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#10 posted 07-21-2018 10:06 PM

L-R chisel: Aldi’s, Aldi’s, New Haven Edge Tool Co.

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#11 posted 07-21-2018 10:10 PM

I can pound a common nail using a claw hammer with a 1” face so hitting a chisel with a round mallet is child’s play. :) I have all sorts of mallets and hammers, dead blow, round face, square face, carving, wood, plastic, metal, the one I use most is whatever is closest at hand. The one I like the most is a Nupla dead blow with rubber face.

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#12 posted 07-22-2018 09:10 PM

I keep meaning to go to Aldi’s to look at the chisels, you like em? I’ve seen several good reviews on em.

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#13 posted 07-22-2018 09:13 PM



A thought: Several years ago I made myself a rectangle headed wood mallet of medium weight.

- eflanders

On squares and rectangles I have a collection, it was those rounded striking faces I wondered about. Thanks for checking in though.

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#14 posted 07-22-2018 09:25 PM



I can pound a common nail using a claw hammer with a 1” face so hitting a chisel with a round mallet is child s play. :) I have all sorts of mallets and hammers, dead blow, round face, square face, carving, wood, plastic, metal, the one I use most is whatever is closest at hand. The one I like the most is a Nupla dead blow with rubber face.

- Woodknack

It’s wierd, I can hit a tiny nails head with great accuracy, but a big old honkin chisels behind, I’m paying more attention to where the business end is headed, and often not as much on the smacking as I should. at least that’s my answer, and I’m sticking to it. The nails you know where you want them the second you place them, no need to keep looking there.

Is Nulpa a name brand, or a type? Never heard it. For years it was Sears, now it’s HF for dead blows. I consider them more, loving convincers, than a true whammer. Since I don’t do any woodwork for pay anymore I don’t do near as many DTs as I once did. Hardly need a deadblow anymore.

“the one I use most is whatever is closest at hand.” Mostly I type my hammers for the type of work, so if I need something to tap chisels, I’ll go get it. Nails. pretty much the same. Hate to think of myself as a purist. :-0

Probably more in what I got watching Dad, and my Uncle.

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