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post #21 of 31 Old 01-08-2013, 05:46 PM
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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.
+1. Beech with the end grain at the striking surface. It doesn't get much better.
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ok, sounds like i have plan. now i need to get it done!

but i need to get my damn saw benc done first!
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I made a mallet out of some red oak scraps I'd left over from making a small box. The edges had all been ripped at 45, so I lined then up so the edges would make a nice overlong hexagon. The handle is a 3/4" dowel pinned in with a 3/8 dowel. It isn't anything too fancy, but I was using it to put some plugs over some screws the other day and discovered that the hexagon shape gives me a nice small area at the top of the face where it comes to a point, making it easy to use to tap in the plug initially before moving my fingers out of the way and being more rigorous.
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I made a mallet out of some red oak scraps I'd left over from making a small box. The edges had all been ripped at 45, so I lined then up so the edges would make a nice overlong hexagon. The handle is a 3/4" dowel pinned in with a 3/8 dowel. It isn't anything too fancy, but I was using it to put some plugs over some screws the other day and discovered that the hexagon shape gives me a nice small area at the top of the face where it comes to a point, making it easy to use to tap in the plug initially before moving my fingers out of the way and being more rigorous.
might you have any pictures of it?
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Sure I can get a picture up later tonight.
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I think in the latest issue of Woodsmith or some other magazine, someone made a mallet just like the Lee Valley plan, except that they used dowels to pin the handle to the head. They used contrasting wood and pins and it looked really nice.

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Here's my mallet. I suppose I could've bought some beech or maple, but a wooden mallet seems like the sort of thing that should be made from scraps.
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Here's my mallet. I suppose I could've bought some beech or maple, but a wooden mallet seems like the sort of thing that should be made from scraps.
If it works that's all that matters. Right?

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Mine is made from scrap also, the head is a multi-laminate beach "pinblock" , the piano`s tuning pins get driven into it, and maple handle. I don`t remember if the different strike angles were on purpose or......
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would plywood be good for a mallet? i have some scraps i could glue together.
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The Tools and Shop issue of Fine Woodworking (Winter 2012) has a mallet plan that uses only hand tools. I am about to make it and will post the results when I am done.
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