Mallets…Mallets…Mallets!

Last weekend I finally finished up my leg vise for the Roubo bench.  For the leg chop I used Walnut and had a few scraps left over, not wanting waste and having to many scraps of wood already….  I have needed a couple of new mallets for a while.  I have a big mallet that is more like a club than a woodworking tool that I built many years ago.  Also, I didn’t really have a good adjustment mallet for my wooden planes.

This seemed like the perfect time for a quick project.  Wooden mallets have a great feel to them and won’t damage the handles of my wooden handled chisels or wooden hand planes.   The Joiner’s Mallet has slight angled faces to ensure that you strike square.  This mallet is 5″ across the top of the head and 12″ long, the weight and balance feels nice.

The second mallet is an adjustment mallet for my wooden hand planes.  In adjusting the planes it is necessary to strike the back of the plane to back the plane iron out.  A metal hammer can damage wooden body of the plane, a wooden mallet is much preferred but the heavy Joiner’s Mallet is a little to much.

I am really happy with the look and function of the new mallets, they are a nice addition to the shop.

Be safe, learn something, and have fun!

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2 Responses to “Mallets…Mallets…Mallets!”

  1. November 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Great article. I’ve seen a few other posts where folks have made mallets. This looks like a fun one to do.

    • highrockww
      November 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

      Thanks Daris, They were fun to make and work great. Since making these, I have used the larger one constantly. It’s very tough and holding up great.

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