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my first (and probably only) mallet

Discussion in 'Woodworkers' Completed Projects' started by phinds, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. phinds

    phinds Moderator Global Moderator Forum Moderator Founding Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Occasionally I need a whacker that is softer than a steel hammer and harder than a rubber mallet and, being the professional that I am, I just smack things with a two by four, or a smaller piece of wood if that's what's called for or just whatever's laying around, unless it's the dog.

    having seen lots of mallets on the woodworking forums, I thought I'd do one, so I did. I just cannot seem to get away from lamination/segmentation so naturally I had to laminate it.
    The intent was to have the handle have a cross section like a rectangle with semi-circle on each edge, pretty much like you get on claw hammers, but I got carried away on the lathe and turned it down round which looked fine although it did strip off almost all of the canary. BUT ... it really sucked in terms of giving me a solid grip so then I glued on some tapered wings along most of the length and wrapped/glued some soft cotton clothesline around it and got it back to the shape/grip I wanted. Looks crappy but feels great. Has just the grip I want.

    The handle is a split piece of cocobolo with maple veneer on the inside and canary wood on the outside with two little chunks of paela to make the bulbous end. I didn't like the really sharp edges so I rounded them over with a router.

    It has one coat of natural stain. The head is black locust sandwiched between pieces of chechem (that stuff is hard as a rock). Final weight is 29 oz so it's a fairly hefty sucker.


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  2. Sprung

    Sprung Amateur Sawdust Maker Full Member

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    Nice mallet, Paul! I like the laminated look.
     
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    DKMD Sawbones Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator Full Member

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    I think it looks good, and more importantly, it looks like it'll work for banging on stuff!
     
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    Even Thor would be impressed. That things a beast!
     
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    phinds Moderator Global Moderator Forum Moderator Founding Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Yeah, the grip is more comfortable than my two by four :smile:
     
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    Nice work Paul. I like the wrapped handle and bet it feels better than if your original idea panned out. :good2:
     
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    phinds Moderator Global Moderator Forum Moderator Founding Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Actually, yeah it does, so it all turned out well. Since it intended to be utilitarian, I don't care how it looks.
     
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    In New York City that wrapped handle would probe;y get you and extra $50 lol
     
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    Nice work Paul ! A very unique look to it
     
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    phinds Moderator Global Moderator Forum Moderator Founding Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Is that a polite way of saying looks like crap? :lol:
     
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    I like the wood combo. Wondering how long the rope will stay nice, though, with use. Chuck
     
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    Heck No ! It looks great to me ! I haven't seen many "hand crafted" mallets and this very unique .
     
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    phinds Moderator Global Moderator Forum Moderator Founding Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    I was just ragging you. *I* think it looks like crap (the wrapped handle anyway) but as I said I just care how it works, not how it looks.
     
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    phinds Moderator Global Moderator Forum Moderator Founding Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    UPDATE:

    been using this for over 3 years now and it's a winner. The face is a bit dinged up now (not deep cause those woods are HARD) but this sucker really has worked like a charm. The grip really has turned out to be excellent (but I do have to say, that cloth rope handle is a dust magnet for sure)
     
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    @phinds ...sounds like you need to enter the mallet swap.

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    phinds Moderator Global Moderator Forum Moderator Founding Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Gads. No way am I going to do ANOTHER one of these things :smile:
     
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    ripjack13 ɹǝʇɹɐqpooʍ Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator Full Member

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    Bok bok.....:sofa:

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    Come on Paul.....you know you want to be paired up with me......
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    phinds Moderator Global Moderator Forum Moderator Founding Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    I'm not going to comment on that :ponder:
     
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    Come on everyone...peer pressure :yess:
     
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