Making a Mallet

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G S Haydon

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6PKxjWVxyc

I've wanted to make a mallet for a while to replace my Narex and I found a bit of time to take the project forward so I raided the scrap bin and found a bit of ash for the handle and iroko for the head. I like this style of mallet for no other reason than I'm very familiar with it and like the feel in use.

Ash is a great timber for tool handles as it absorbs shocks and has a degree of flex. Well worth considering for a tool like a mallet. The head is iroko but for no other reason that it's dense and was to hand. Even though I was using short ends hand tools worked well to reduce the amount of waste or the need to make jigs to safely make cuts on a machine. I'd never turn my back on machines, I'm not mental, but it was a benefit here.

Even though a mallet is simple it's amazing how much detail and work goes into making a nice example. I'm pleased with the results and I look forward to using it. I'll most likely make some custom chisel handles next.
 

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G S Haydon

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Thanks all! It's good to know the vid comes over well. My arm wishes the rip saw was a bandsaw lol!
 

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liamscanlan":12syq7ml said:
I always enjoy your videos on YouTube. They just get better and better! I really appreciate your efforts!

Seconded!

I am jealous of your Silverline plane, though. I had to re-grind bits of the frog to get mine to work!
 

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That video is great...I was going to buy a mallet, but you've given me some inspiration and I think I'll try to make one.
 

G S Haydon

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Thanks Liam, glad you enjoy them!

Cheers Jake, I was lucky(ish). The thing is for £13.00 I don't mind taking a couple of hours to get it working well. If it cost £25.00 I'm not sure I'd bother.

focusonwood nice! I don't think I can do decent "how-to" vids quite yet but if you found inspiration after watching then that makes me feel pretty happy.
 

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Good video Graham, they're getting better and better. Good delivery, clear and concise and entertaining :D
Mind you, if you keep on with that saw you'll end up with arms like Arnold Squeezemtighter :lol:
 

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Don't you find the angle it's cut at a too extreme? (I'm searching for a better word) - I made mine and it's perfectly comfortable, but it's nowhere near as angled as that. I'll try to post a photo, but having never taken a digital photo let alone posted one I live in hope. Even my phone only phones. :oops:
 

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Hi Philip, thanks for asking. It's about 5deg, the photos might make it look more. That seems to be the same as the narex I have and was pretty good to use.
 
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