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    Another fun little project done. I wanted to build a personal mallet to go along with my chisels.The challenge was to use nothing but hand tools. About 16hours in, hand saw, Brace & bit, Files, sandpaper. Tomorrow a little bit of wax and maybe a hole for a leather shoe lace strap.




    The handle is on a 2į angle. Handle is made out of dark walnut and the head White maple.


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    Last edited by Matt Matt; 04-02-2019, 11:22 PM.
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    Great mallet . i do however question the comfort of the stopped corner detail ,much as I like the look.i would have continued it closer to the end of the handle as ii fear it makes the grip less comfortable. Obviously it is only my opinion

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      Looks good Matt! I think that Jay's comment above is a thing you should consider if you intend to use the mallet for long morticing or dovetailing sessions. I think those relatively sharp corners are going to be hard on the paws!

      Ken

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        I tend to choke up on the handle. So the end where itís sharp is more of just extra weight for balancing.
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          On the other hand I just finished several mallets that have smaller diameter round handles. My hands are small.
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          Egon
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          The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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            I don't own a Mallet but if I did I would want a fairly large and round or oval handle like a lathe axe and a large but medium weight head. I would also want a knob on the end of the handle like Egon's picture. The obvious issue for my thoughts would be wedging the handle into the head as opposed to a tapered handle sliding thru from the top unless I made a big mortise of course. Most likely I would wedge it like any hammer.

            Is there a manufacturer of mallets who would be considered the best?
            "Do it Right!"

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              Originally posted by Egon View Post
              My hands are small.
              Small hands eh? Sorry to hear that. Look on the bright side. You have something in common with the President of the United States!

              Cheers
              Randy

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                Originally posted by Randy in Calgary View Post

                Small hands eh? Sorry to hear that. Look on the bright side. You have something in common with the President of the United States!
                That is a mean comparison. The current President of the US is not a person I would admire.

                Small hands make a lot of tools difficult to use. One canít get a proper grip. It getís even more difficult if gloves have to be worn. Handling a chainsaw is a good example.
                Egon
                from
                The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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                  Originally posted by Egon View Post

                  That is a mean comparison. The current President of the US is not a person I would admire.

                  Small hands make a lot of tools difficult to use. One canít get a proper grip. It getís even more difficult if gloves have to be worn. Handling a chainsaw is a good example.
                  I get it. I hope you didn't take offence. Just joking around. I have skinny fingers and find some stock tool handles awkward.
                  Cheers
                  Randy

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                    Originally posted by Randy in Calgary View Post

                    I get it. I hope you didn't take offence. Just joking around. I have skinny fingers and find some stock tool handles awkward.
                    No offence. Got a laugh out of it.

                    But would suggest that the president has smaller hands just like mine. That would not be the least embarrassing.
                    Egon
                    from
                    The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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                      Originally posted by Rusty View Post
                      I don't own a Mallet but if I did I would want a fairly large and round or oval handle like a lathe axe and a large but medium weight head. I would also want a knob on the end of the handle like Egon's picture. The obvious issue for my thoughts would be wedging the handle into the head as opposed to a tapered handle sliding thru from the top unless I made a big mortise of course. Most likely I would wedge it like any hammer.

                      Is there a manufacturer of mallets who would be considered the best?
                      Rusty, I teach a hand tool course. Mortice and tenon with taper fits are a big part of the project load. It is only a 42 hour course. The other two projects is building Moxen vice and... a hand tote with box joints mortice & tenon and dovetail joints only.

                      this is not an advanced course. Itís an introduction course. The tapered fit balance and finish is The important requirements. The shaping of the handle was left to each individual as artistic. The students are to use the mallets to create their tote. The comfort of the handle I left up to each individual. This is just my example rendition.

                      maybe next week Iíll have some totes to show you.
                      For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
                      Sir Isaac Newton.

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                        Over the centuries mallets have come in different sizes and shapes. Many times from what was available.
                        Egon
                        from
                        The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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                          Have never made a mallet, what is the typical angle at which the faces are oriented to the handle axis? And does the face angle have any relation to the handle length? TIA, Roy
                          Are you solving the problem, or becoming part of it?

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                            When I made mine I found that the common recommendation was a 5 degree angle and a handle about the length of a hammer handle. The idea is that the line along the striking face should pass close to your knuckles (within an inch or two). It also depends on how you actually use the mallet, though, so you can start with 5 degrees and recut the face if the mallet leaves dents.
                            Frank
                            SPCHT

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                              Frank....thanks for the info, Roy
                              Are you solving the problem, or becoming part of it?

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