Oak Mallet

Some of our Red oak firewood just looked too good to burn this year. And with winters chill long behind us (we hope) I rescued a gorgeous wedge or two for a much needed Carpenters mallet. IMG_4055

I started with the broad hatchet, hewing a roughly square billet from the oak wedge, and another for the hickory handle.

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I then planed them down to a better fit and finish, the wood had been drying for several months so it was not too wet for the plane.

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By marking off relative taper of the handle I would assure the head would stay on without the need for wedges or the like to hold it on.

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Next came some boring work, the green oak cut so sweet and smooth, I would not relish this work in full dry oak!

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Next came a bit of paring to smooth and square the sides to the angled mortise.

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Once a decent fit was achieved, I took off about a 5degree angle from each mallet face with the crosscut saw just to ensure a square landing of my strikes.

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Couldn’t quite resist making a few, smaller for bench work, larger for timber framing. I can see a tiny mallet of persimmon would be nice in the future for plane adjusting and the like.

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One Response to Oak Mallet

  1. msjoy1234 says:

    Looks like a good thing to conk someone op the side of the head as well! LOL

    Like

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