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    I got a couple kids who hang around when I am working on projects that want to "help".

    They asked me to let them build something for themselves and I am more than happy to allow this and work with them.

    Long story short, they asked the question last night as to why I dont use wooden mallets when assembling mortise/tenons or whatever that might need a good wacking. My response was that I only have rubber faced in the shop and never owned a wooden mallet.


    Well, they want to build themselves a couple wooden mallets,.

    Anyone got any ideas/plans.

    Also, would "oak" be ok to use, I got my doubts, but not sure. Most other woods are hard to come by around here.

    REgards,

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    Re: Wooden mallet?

    Check out this link http://www.just4fun.org/woodworking/...s/mallet_1.htm

    I make the nastiest looking mallets on earth. Mine are for function only, not looks, I make them from whatever scraps I have available.
    I make the handle using a spokeshave and sanding smooth, takes me about 2 or 3 minutes. I cut a head from whatever is laying around, drill a hole and then apply glue to the handle part that will go into the head and whack it in there. It works and the entire construction process takes about 10 minutes.

    I have made oak, pine, fir, maple and cherry mallets. The pine is soft but it works fine for a lot of uses. Oak is hard and I have had them split on me when used aggressively on a chisel.
    I've had the best luck with maple.
    www.TheWoodCellar.com

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    • #3
      Re: Wooden mallet?

      I have made mallets out of oak, and once and a while you will get a splinter off, but they have worked well for me, I use mine for wood chisels, and usually turn them, similar to the picture attached, or http://www.diefenbacher.com/Hammers.htm
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        plans that I found,

        http://www.leevalley.com/shopping/Te...type=a&p=43969

        http://www.voicenet.com/~rburton/mallet/index.html

        http://www.imaging.robarts.ca/~amuld...oj-mallet.html

        http://www.sawdustmaking.com/Wooden%...et/mallet.html

        more of a maul than a mallet.
        http://www.stewardwood.org/resources/DIYmallet.htm
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        "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
        attributed to Samuel Johnson
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to recent budget cuts, the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil...plus the current state of the economy............the light at the end of the tunnel, has been turned off.

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        • #5
          Re: Wooden mallet?

          Thanks for the links guys, I will find something simple, but yet I want them to build something they can use as well. Heck, I might even make one for myself while I am at it.

          Regards,

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          • #6
            Re: Wooden mallet?

            I like making them, it is a lot cheaper than paying the ridiculous amounts they sell for.
            I made a pine one with my daughter and she loves it. Took us about 20 to make.
            www.TheWoodCellar.com

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            • #7
              Re: Wooden mallet?

              I made myself a wooden mallet a few years ago on a whim....it only took a couple of hours.

              For a handle I started with about a 15" length of hardwood that was ~ 9/8" x 9/8, or whatever feels good in your hand. I used a 1/2" roundover on each corner of the bottom 3/4 or so of the handle, and leave the top portion square....cut a kerf across the top end to accept a wedge.

              For the head, I started with two rectangular pieces of hard maple as halves of the head cut to the overall size you want, cut a dado across the center of each piece to fit around the handle (undersize it just a bit), then glue them up. Clean up the glued joint and relieve the corners, taper the top end of the handle a little to fit in (I just sanded), and slip the handle into the opening of the head, then pound your wedge in to hold in place.

              You can cut the handle to a finished length, and cut the faces at a slight angle so the face hits flush when you swing it. I sanded it and coated it with tung oil. It's not a thing of beauty (actually, it's not bad) but it's handy and it's mine!
              Last edited by hewood; 05-31-2007, 04:25 PM.

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              • #8
                Re: Wooden mallet?

                Where are you located, Biscuit? In addition to oak, I have loads of pecan (mostly on the ground since Katrina) in Jasper county.

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                • #9
                  Re: Wooden mallet?

                  thiggy,

                  I am in Rankin County (between Brandon and Pelahatchie). I know Jasper County well. I grew up and still have property in Covington County on the Okatoma Creek between Sanford & Seminary. I have a lot of hardwood there, but I was talking about purchasing either Rough sawn and/or finished hardwoods in the Jackson area being difficult to find.

                  Regards,

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