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Oldschoolguy

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09-30-2019 01:52 PM

Hi y’all, I am thinking of making a mallet and have a piece of hard maple from a project. Would or wood it be advisable for the head of this project? I am also thinking of using a contrasting exotic wood for the handle. Additionally, what dimensions would be appropriate for this project. Thanks for your continued support and help. God bless y’all.


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#1 posted 09-30-2019 02:09 PM

The hard maple will work for the mallet. I would put a thick leather piece on the faces to protect the mallet and the wood you will be hitting. The head size is going to be your choice the ones I made had a head size of about 2×2.5 inches (give or take) and about 6 or 7 inches long. You need to make a size that looks good to you.

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#2 posted 09-30-2019 02:09 PM

what type of work will you be doing with this mallet ? :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 09-30-2019 02:37 PM

Are you making a joiners mallet or a carvers mallet? Maple should be ok.

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#4 posted 09-30-2019 02:43 PM

Gonna use it for chisel work and setting dowels mostly.

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#5 posted 09-30-2019 02:59 PM


Gonna use it for chisel work and setting dowels mostly.

- Oldschoolguy


then yes use your Maple :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 09-30-2019 03:01 PM

Gonna use it for chisel work and setting dowels mostly.

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#7 posted 09-30-2019 03:06 PM

Thanks Tony. What exotic wood for the handle would you use?

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#8 posted 09-30-2019 03:18 PM


Thanks Tony. What exotic wood for the handle would you use?

- Oldschoolguy

What’s in the scrap bucket?? Always a good first stop, this one is ipe for the outer faces, spalted white oak in the center, and red oak for the handle, all off of the scrap pile.

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#9 posted 09-30-2019 03:32 PM


Thanks Tony. What exotic wood for the handle would you use?

- Oldschoolguy

What s in the scrap bucket?? Always a good first stop, this one is ipe for the outer faces, spalted white oak in the center, and red oak for the handle, all off of the scrap pile.

- ChefHDAN


as Dan says whats scraps you got … maybe I would go with walnut or purpleheart :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#10 posted 09-30-2019 04:24 PM

Just starting out with hard wood projects. Hard maple for the head is all I have.

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