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Wood mallet was made in the shop took it home to work on some detailing just wanted to show it off maybe get some ideas
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looks pretty good so far. Might want to either shape the hand grip a bit or even just add grip tape of some sort. I need to build me one of those also. What material did you use?
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looks pretty good so far. Might want to either shape the hand grip a bit or even just add grip tape of some sort. I need to build me one of those also. What material did you use?


Thank you very appreciated reason I came on here to get some advice we donít have wood shop classes or wood turning clubs here where I live so I turn to the net thank you


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I used what I had left from a wood floor I installed Red Oak


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Looks real good! I need to try my hand at making one. I got plenty of scraps laying around.

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Looks real good! I need to try my hand at making one. I got plenty of scraps laying around.

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Give it a go they come in handy when a hammer is way to heavy..


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Give it a go they come in handy when a hammer is way to heavy..


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I'm sure I'll give it a whirl someday. I just built a pergola for my girlfriend. I wanted to do it the old way so I did all the mortise and tenons with chisels. Ended up just buying a mallet. Time is my biggest enemy. Never home enough to tackle all the projects I want to do. I like the star designs you put on there. Nice touch.

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Looks nice as a decoration, you may put it on the wall, but it is hardly functional. The handle is too straight, can easily slip out of hand; but the main thing is a wrong wood. It looks like it was made from oak (red oak?) or other large-grain wood, which could easily split under strong enough blow. From my past experience, some of the best wood for a hammer-like mallet would be either elm (interlocking grain) or linden wood (very little grain). Could be some other wood too, I simply not very familiar with local wood varieties.
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it was made from Oak flooring

It appears to be laminated flooring ... right? It also appears to be made from one solid laminated block where the shape including the handle was cut out possibly on a bandsaw ... correct? Is the handle integral with the mallet head, not inserted into a hole, as is the typical method of construction?



A mallet should have sufficient mass to deliver a powerful blow to the cutting instrument. As long as it works for you, the construction doesn't really matter, nor does the life expectancy. When it is no longer serviceable, you can make another one. In this case the cost of materials was zero, so nothing lost in that regard. It is a different approach from any I've seen and I give you credit for trying something out of the ordinary.
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I'm sure I'll give it a whirl someday. I just built a pergola for my girlfriend. I wanted to do it the old way so I did all the mortise and tenons with chisels. Ended up just buying a mallet. Time is my biggest enemy. Never home enough to tackle all the projects I want to do. I like the star designs you put on there. Nice touch.

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Thatís awesome time is something that holds us away from wood work..if possible would like to see a pic of the work you did.
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Thatís awesome time is something that holds us away from wood work..if possible would like to see a pic of the work you did.
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Here's a few pics. Still more to do but I was glad to get the frame up. It's 6x6 Walnut except for the 2 cross beams on each end. Those are Ash.

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Looks nice as a decoration, you may put it on the wall, but it is hardly functional. The handle is too straight, can easily slip out of hand; but the main thing is a wrong wood. It looks like it was made from oak (red oak?) or other large-grain wood, which could easily split under strong enough blow. From my past experience, some of the best wood for a hammer-like mallet would be either elm (interlocking grain) or linden wood (very little grain). Could be some other wood too, I simply not very familiar with local wood varieties.


Where can I locate exotic wood like that I live in Westchester New York anyone on this thread from my area that has any hard wood maybe we can work something out but thank you for the advise I did think about the splitting and I was thinking to finish it and hang it on my wall in my little shop..thank you I do appreciate all the positive feedback I must say thereís a good group of men on here.
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Here's a few pics. Still more to do but I was glad to get the frame up. It's 6x6 Walnut except for the 2 cross beams on each end. Those are Ash.

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Wow amazing work I like the way the wood has that rustic look to it.looks strong may last a thousand years looks good stay hydrated here where iam itís been very muggy very humid..
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Wow amazing work I like the way the wood has that rustic look to it.looks strong may last a thousand years looks good stay hydrated here where iam itís been very muggy very humid..
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Thanks! I'm gonna sand it down. I like the rough look too but Walnut is just too pretty. Been hot as hell here too!

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Where can I locate exotic wood like that I live in Westchester New York anyone on this thread from my area that has any hard wood maybe we can work something out but thank you for the advise I did think about the splitting and I was thinking to finish it and hang it on my wall in my little shop..thank you I do appreciate all the positive feedback I must say thereís a good group of men on here.
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Ive done a bit of looking around on the net and you can buy different exotic woods from several dealers, ebay and the like. I have not personally purchased any for myself as of yet, my shops still under construction. Just do a google search of exotic woods and you will get several selections to choose from. Im sure some of the more experienced guys can tell you better places to look for woods also.
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Ive done a bit of looking around on the net and you can buy different exotic woods from several dealers, ebay and the like. I have not personally purchased any for myself as of yet, my shops still under construction. Just do a google search of exotic woods and you will get several selections to choose from. Im sure some of the more experienced guys can tell you better places to look for woods also.


Thank you this is why iam looking for some hard wood
I have a couple more handles to do and the wood I have is not a good candidate for handle material but iam gonna do a google search see hat I can find maybe some thing close I can pick up myself..


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A source I sometimes use for exotic woods is bell forrest products in northern Michigan.

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I have a couple more handles to do and the wood I have is not a good candidate for handle material but iam gonna do a google search see hat I can find maybe some thing close I can pick up myself..


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I have some Walnut and Ash scraps I could send you if you're interested. Don't know if I have any Maple laying around.

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A very long time ago I made my mallet from Osage orange. It has been extremely durable. It was made for carving. I greatly prefer round mallets. You don't have to look at the mallet in use, because the feed back from your hand always tells you to move a bit left or right with the next stroke.. I made the handle with a sort of oval grip area and a bulge at the end so it always told my hand where it was. It is one piece with the head tapered.
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I'm not so certain that the plywood striking faces will turn out to be very bash-worthy.
But for the light tapping to fit cabinet work, could be ideal.
Q: What about a leather striking face?
The squarish handle is OK = easier to line up the flat faces of the mallet at needed.


Use the "Kestrel Constant" to make handles for your hand size.
Palm up, fist-grip, the tips of your second and third fingers should just touch the fat ball part of your thumb.

That's a wood carving dimension that works very well for crooked knives, elbow adzes and the D adzes of the wood carvers in the Pacific Northwest.
For my hands, I need a blank of 7/8" square and work it down some. Then a layer of #18 tarred nylon seine cord to make it just a little sticky.

This is a good bladesmith to show you the tool designs. They don't make mallets.

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