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Making a mallet

Who can point me to a good source for how to make a mallet I can use with my socket chisels?

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To bad you didn't get into the mallet swap with us. http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/an...ct-swap-46225/
There's videos on you tube you could follow or do a search.

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I have several plans for mallets. If you are willing to pm me with an e-mail address, I would be happy to send you the ones that I have that are public domain.
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To bad you didn't get into the mallet swap with us. http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/an...ct-swap-46225/
There's videos on you tube you could follow or do a search.
i'm sure that would have been great, but the person who got mine would more than likely be disappointed!
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I have several plans for mallets. If you are willing to pm me with an e-mail address, I would be happy to send you the ones that I have that are public domain.
pm sent, thanks
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i'm sure that would have been great, but the person who got mine would more than likely be disappointed!
Nah, I am going to be happy with any device that I can beat things with. I am in the same boat though--not sure how the one I am making will turn out...

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i'm sure that would have been great, but the person who got mine would more than likely be disappointed!
It's not even about that. It's about sharing what we love doing. Don't sell yourself short Chris.

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What I did is pretty much this: http://www.leevalley.com/us/shopping...type=a&p=43969

It works pretty well, and it was easy. I used leftovers from a pallet, probably yellow pine... I'm sure it will show use quite quickly, but it was quick, cheap, and fun.
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What I did is pretty much this: http://www.leevalley.com/us/shopping...type=a&p=43969

It works pretty well, and it was easy. I used leftovers from a pallet, probably yellow pine... I'm sure it will show use quite quickly, but it was quick, cheap, and fun.
Chris,

This is the same plan that I was going to send to you. Instead of brads, I pinned mine together with dowels. Mine is made from some scraps of hard maple and has served well for almost four years.
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I would also like to recommendation book. "Making Woodwork Aids & Devices" By Robert Wearing. It has mallet plans, and lots of other helpful stuff.
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I have several plans for mallets. If you are willing to pm me with an e-mail address, I would be happy to send you the ones that I have that are public domain.

This forum is about sharing and while through a PM is nice sharing with everyone in a post or thread is better.
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This is the same plan that I was going to send to you. Instead of brads, I pinned mine together with dowels. Mine is made from some scraps of hard maple and has served well for almost four years.
Actually, I didn't even pin mine... just glued it and put it under a pile of old textbooks. It didn't seem to need it, and it's holding up quite nicely.
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Actually, I didn't even pin mine... just glued it and put it under a pile of old textbooks. It didn't seem to need it, and it's holding up quite nicely.
I only pinned mine because I'm anal about glue joints. I've never had one fail, but I just can't help myself.
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This forum is about sharing and while through a PM is nice sharing with everyone in a post or thread is better.
Sorry about that, I'll remember your advice in the future.
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What about turning one on a lathe? Now a days one would need to glue up a blank then turn it to your personal size and shape.
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What about turning one on a lathe? Now a days one would need to glue up a blank then turn it to your personal size and shape.
The original poster does not presently have a lathe. Separate thread on how to make one in the Woodturning forum.
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What I did is pretty much this: http://www.leevalley.com/us/shopping...type=a&p=43969

It works pretty well, and it was easy. I used leftovers from a pallet, probably yellow pine... I'm sure it will show use quite quickly, but it was quick, cheap, and fun.
That works for me, thanks.
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I made a couple of really, really ugly mallets from log pieces. While they are quite bash-worthy and don't damage my tools, the faces are crushing with use.
If a chunk doesn't split under my froe, I realize that I just didn't hit it hard enough. Hard, dry alder doesn't dent iron.
I plan to beat those mallets to an absolute pulp, should I live so long. Then build a little funeral pyre, remember what all I carved, and get another log.
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i have a bunch of beech logs from a tree we took down in the back yard. i think i'll use that. it is probably not the hardest wood around, but probably plenty hard enough for a mallet.
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i have a bunch of beech logs from a tree we took down in the back yard. i think i'll use that. it is probably not the hardest wood around, but probably plenty hard enough for a mallet.
Good wood. Beech was used for the body of many wooden planes, including yours.

The design in the link provided by amckenzie4 will be a decent mallet. I would have the end grain as the striking faces. I think a more robust orientation to be hitting with end grain.
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