Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Florida Panhandle
Joinery mallet for mortising
My main mallet is the Narex 14oz joiner's mallet for general bench chisel work. It's light, easy to wield and comfortable. It also works good for smaller mortise jobs (up to 3/8" chisels). But once I get to 1/2", I think it's a little bit light, especially on harder woods. So I'm going to make a larger mallet for mortises.
I know it's somewhat a matter of taste and feel, but what size/weight mallets do you guys use? I was thinking maybe a 24oz would be sufficient for most furniture sized mortising. I've seen some people say their mallets are more than 32oz, which I'm thinking is probably overkill and difficult to wield over longer sessions.