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Forum topic by Oldschoolguy posted 06-12-2019 01:37 PM 343 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2019 01:37 PM

Good morning y’all. Weather has cooled for today in Lexington, NC. So, I’ve been thinking about making a wooden mallet and today would be ideal for that type of project. Owing to the fact as being relatively new to woodworking, I was wondering if I should use hardwood or softwood? Additionally, if any of you would give me some dimensions and possibly a sketch of your gavel (wood) be interesting. Finally, does anyone have a 4 or 5 piece set of bench chisels for sale? Please, take seniors on limited incomes into account. As always, thanks for your input and love y’all.

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#1 posted 06-12-2019 02:13 PM

Hey OSG, I followed Paul Sellers series on making a mallet a couple of years ago and I’ve been extremely happy with it and it’s still going strong. I used White Oak for the head and Walnut for the handle. But, my opinion is, use whatever you have handy. It ain’t gonna last forever in any case if you use it enough ;-)

I don’t have a sketch but, here’s my project post:
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#2 posted 06-12-2019 04:16 PM

hey Floyd,
not to make it complicated, but, I ran across this schematic for a
bench chisel a time back . . . . I am amongst the many that never
thought there may be a custom design trait for a mallet.
this drawing determines the angle of the face. (don’t know who to credit).
hope it helps you a little.


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#3 posted 06-12-2019 04:19 PM

I made a few from Bois D’Arc some years back. Still rock solid, each and every one. That wood is heavy and hard.

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#4 posted 06-12-2019 04:21 PM

I made this one a couple months ago out of a chunk of oak from an old pallet, the centerbeam. It had notches cutout, so where it was narrow i made the handle and used the thicker part for the head. Solid white oak works well for beating on stuff without mushrooming the face of the mallet.

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