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Mrleft8
12-28-2011, 01:37 PM
http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo23/Mrleft8/mallets001.jpg
Left to right: American Hornbeam, Lignum Vitae, Maple, Red Oak, Honduras Mahogany.
http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo23/Mrleft8/mallets002.jpg
I made the Hornbeam mallet for driving trunnels in timber frames.
It weighs about 8Lbs.
The Lignum mallet is the only "store bought" one.
The Maple one I use the most (And it was a favorite chew toy one day for a very young Webster puppy... :)).
The littlest one is actually not a mallet, but a dead center for turning tubes on the lathe.... I just thought it rounded out the collection nicely! :D

Mrleft8
12-28-2011, 02:14 PM
That's a nice mallet Donn. It looks like a carver's mallet.

Peerie Maa
12-28-2011, 02:33 PM
http://i408.photobucket.com/albums/pp164/peerie_maa/DSC01801.jpg
Our Duncan gave me the long handled one, and number three in the set. The first is ash on an oak haft, the other all ash. The cut down caulking mallet head was given to me with one end cut off, so I cut the other face to match and hafted it, it's lignum on an ash fork handle. I made no 4 (oak and fork handle) and found the patent one at a car boot sale, it needed new elm striking faces.

Bruce Taylor
12-28-2011, 03:15 PM
If I post another picture of my mallet, Girouard will make fun of me again.

Mrleft8
12-28-2011, 03:39 PM
Your mallet is more worn than my Maple one Bruce. But then again..... Mine didn't start life as a construction 2X4..... :D

bobbys
12-28-2011, 03:41 PM
If I post another picture of my mallet, Girouard will make fun of me again..

If you think you have troubles if i post a pic of a mallet he will ask me what does a roofer do with a mallet!

Bruce Taylor
12-28-2011, 03:45 PM
.

If you think you have troubles if i post a pic of a mallet he will ask me what does a roofer do with a mallet!

What a meanie. :D

Peerie Maa
12-28-2011, 03:46 PM
.

If you think you have troubles if i post a pic of a mallet he will ask me what does a roofer do with a mallet!
Nail slates?

bobbys
12-28-2011, 03:50 PM
Nail slates?.

I suppose before nails came into use one could drive wood pegs with a mallet.

I used a Bowling ally pin to split shakes with while using a Froe.

Mrleft8
12-28-2011, 03:56 PM
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTUYqgO0zsZUPVxWngR3_VfPckjfzC-st8hkWizAydk7-qnTx3KZSRPdkRB
OK...... Now you gonna tell us how you split milk shakes with one of these?

erster
12-28-2011, 04:05 PM
I had a conversation one time with a really old feller and we got to talking about dogs. Well he said if a dog did not hunt, then there was no need to have one around. Yep,,same applies to mallets and chiesels....:ycool:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/Bateau1/DSC00573.jpg

Peerie Maa
12-28-2011, 04:10 PM
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTUYqgO0zsZUPVxWngR3_VfPckjfzC-st8hkWizAydk7-qnTx3KZSRPdkRB
OK...... Now you gonna tell us how you split milk shakes with one of these?

Hit it with one of these
http://mybandsbetterthanyourband.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/pat-sharp.jpg

bobbys
12-28-2011, 04:11 PM
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTUYqgO0zsZUPVxWngR3_VfPckjfzC-st8hkWizAydk7-qnTx3KZSRPdkRB
OK...... Now you gonna tell us how you split milk shakes with one of these?.

Your on a roll today!

bobbys
12-28-2011, 04:12 PM
If I post another picture of my mallet, Girouard will make fun of me again..

See what i go through here!

Mrleft8
12-28-2011, 04:16 PM
I had a conversation one time with a really old feller and we got to talking about dogs. Well he said if a dog did not hunt, then there was no need to have one around. Yep,,same applies to mallets and chiesels....:ycool:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/Bateau1/DSC00573.jpg
SEE! I knew you were trustworthy! :D

Paul Pless
12-28-2011, 04:24 PM
SEE! I knew you were trustworthy! :DI'm just amazed that Mike owns a power tool that is not a skilsaw or an angle grinder!

bob winter
12-28-2011, 04:25 PM
Bench looks damn clean to me.

erster
12-28-2011, 04:26 PM
SEE! I knew you were trustworthy! :D
Well some of us actually practice what we preach, all be it weird sometimes too. But as you can see I waste little time fondling my tools and spreading secret formulas on them. If that was to happen little to no work would get done and I would be just another bilge rat scooping my navel out of belly lint everyday on some bar stool in some make believe world.:d:d

Bill R
12-28-2011, 04:54 PM
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm116/ryallworks/Woodworking/mallet.jpg

My favorite. Turned from a chunk of storm dropped apple.

Bill R
12-28-2011, 04:55 PM
Well some of us actually practice what we preach, all be it weird sometimes too. But as you can see I waste little time fondling my tools and spreading secret formulas on them. If that was to happen little to no work would get done and I would be just another bilge rat scooping my navel out of belly lint everyday on some bar stool in some make believe world.:d:d

^^^ Quite possibly one of the best WBF Bilge quotes of all time.

Woxbox
12-28-2011, 06:49 PM
I apologize in advance for not showing tools that have been worn to the bone. Extra points to anyone who knows the origin of the second one.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f92/Woxbox/d-mallets.jpg

Peerie Maa
12-28-2011, 07:03 PM
I apologize in advance for not showing tools that have been worn to the bone. Extra points to anyone who knows the origin of the second one.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f92/Woxbox/d-mallets.jpg
Tent peg mallet?

seanz
12-28-2011, 07:04 PM
I apologize in advance for not showing tools that have been worn to the bone. Extra points to anyone who knows the origin of the second one.

Noah's Ark?

Mrleft8
12-28-2011, 09:20 PM
I apologize in advance for not showing tools that have been worn to the bone. Extra points to anyone who knows the origin of the second one.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f92/Woxbox/d-mallets.jpg.... OK.... It's leather...... So...... A cow!

Mrleft8
12-28-2011, 09:22 PM
Oh.... Wait.... No it's not leather.... My eyes deceive me again..... Did you get that mallet from Syed?

SMARTINSEN
12-28-2011, 09:24 PM
Extra points to anyone who knows the origin of the second one.
Crabsmasher.

Woxbox
12-28-2011, 09:55 PM
.... OK.... It's leather...... So...... A cow!

That guess deserves a hint. It's not leather, but I have another one made for the same job that is leather.


Crabsmasher.

It would take care of one sizable crab, but nope.

Bob Smalser
12-28-2011, 09:59 PM
The carving mallets are weighted with lead.

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL12/1104763/2594266/273129991.jpg

Curtism
12-29-2011, 07:46 AM
The handle is laminated maple and African mahogany and the head is white oak. Most of the use it's gotten was light work, setting and chipping bungs, adjusting battens and whatnot. Now and then it's used as a gavel to call order to an unruly shop.

http://i761.photobucket.com/albums/xx259/curtismil/Lammallet.jpg?t=1325162112

Mrleft8
12-29-2011, 08:41 AM
The carving mallets are weighted with lead.

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL12/1104763/2594266/273129991.jpg
Bob are those carver's mallets Big Leaf Maple crotch? They're beautful!

Tylerdurden
12-29-2011, 09:11 AM
Well this is heresy but here goes...

I had wooden mallets and after one failed I switched to my replaceable head machinist hammers in a pinch. I found I actually had more control as I could replace the head with different durometer (hardeness) urethane for whatever task was at hand.

http://www.projectsinmetal.com/wp-content/forum-image-uploads/jrose/soft-faced-hammer/hammer.jpg

Paul Pless
12-29-2011, 09:16 AM
yes heresy most definitely. . .

Tylerdurden
12-29-2011, 09:20 AM
yes heresy most definitely. . .

Had to consolidate Paul, With the Metal working, welding, casting, electronics and woodworking I was getting into warehouse proportions.

Mrleft8
12-29-2011, 09:30 AM
I had one of those, Mark..... BTW.... Your mallet's running lights are backwards....

Paul Pless
12-29-2011, 09:38 AM
will we have a thread on cross peen hammers next

Tylerdurden
12-29-2011, 09:40 AM
will we have a thread on cross peen hammers next

Not from me, I only have so much heretic to share. :)

Peerie Maa
12-29-2011, 09:44 AM
will we have a thread on cross peen hammers next
Only if you include straight peen as well.

Mrleft8
12-29-2011, 09:47 AM
That sounds vaguely painful.....

Peerie Maa
12-29-2011, 09:48 AM
That sounds vaguely painful.....

Depends how you hold the brad.

Mrleft8
12-29-2011, 09:51 AM
I hold him in awe.....:D

Todd D
12-29-2011, 10:07 AM
I am even more of a heretic than Tylerdurden. I just use my Estwing 16 oz claw hammer unless I need something more substantial. In the latter case I use my 3 lb machinists hammer or my 4 lb sledge.

Of course my background is a combination of metal working and geology. I do get to be rather fussy about my rock hammers though :D

Breakaway
12-29-2011, 12:16 PM
Nice mallets guys! Question: I just scored a lathe. Making a mallet sounds like decent project to wet my feet on with a new tool. To make one of the one-piece cylindrical types, which way should the grain be chucked into the lathe? I'm guessing the grain should run the length of the mallet.?

Thanks

Kevin

Mrleft8
12-29-2011, 12:45 PM
Nice mallets guys! Question: I just scored a lathe. Making a mallet sounds like decent project to wet my feet on with a new tool. To make one of the one-piece cylindrical types, which way should the grain be chucked into the lathe? I'm guessing the grain should run the length of the mallet.?

Thanks

KevinYes.

Woxbox
12-29-2011, 07:50 PM
Here's the mate to the mallet I posted higher up. This one shot on my office desk, where it rests as a novelty in an industry that no longer has any need for such an item. Mallets to bits.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f92/Woxbox/Mallet2.jpg

Canoeyawl
12-29-2011, 08:17 PM
A root burl makes a good mallet

stevebaby
12-29-2011, 08:40 PM
Here's the mate to the mallet I posted higher up. This one shot on my office desk, where it rests as a novelty in an industry that no longer has any need for such an item. Mallets to bits.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f92/Woxbox/Mallet2.jpg Leatherworker's mallet?

Mrleft8
12-29-2011, 08:51 PM
Ha! I was right! It is leather! :D
I never got the whole leather mallet thing..... The wood working shop in junior high, and HS had dozens of them..... Completely useless for anything except mashing fingers as far as I can tell..... What are they intended to be used for?

Woxbox
12-29-2011, 10:05 PM
Not exactly Mrleft8 -- I have two mallets made for the same job. The first one pictured is wood, the second one is leather. And both were in professional use for a couple of decades or more and survived the work just fine, so I'd say they're made right for the job. I thought the name on the first one offered a pretty good hint, actually, if a person could make it out.

Peerie Maa
12-30-2011, 08:02 AM
Nope, its illegible, unless its an American brand name. My suggestion is sheet metal work, either vent trunking or possibly car body work.

Mrleft8
12-30-2011, 08:10 AM
Bung driver?

skuthorp
12-30-2011, 08:13 AM
Mine's redgum, standard woodworking pattern. I use a small round mallet and a cobblers hammer in my bookbinding.

Jim Ledger
12-30-2011, 08:39 AM
Has anyone ever seen one of these? It's marked "Basa Hammer" "Greene Tweed and Co." "#5". When I found it it had two rolled up discs of rawhide in the recesses, long since dried out and loose. The nut on the handle allows the two halves to seperate, and squeezes the rawhide discs in place. One of these days I'm going to have a go at getting the nut loose and finding some suitable rawhide to make replacement faces. I can see it being very useful putting heavy timber joints together.



http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m193/searover1916/Basahammer.jpg

Jim Ledger
12-30-2011, 09:08 AM
Well, whaddaya know. They still make them.

Thanks, Donn.



From the source...

http://www.garlandmfg.com/mallets/split.html

Figment
12-30-2011, 10:59 AM
Not exactly Mrleft8 -- I have two mallets made for the same job. The first one pictured is wood, the second one is leather. And both were in professional use for a couple of decades or more and survived the work just fine, so I'd say they're made right for the job. I thought the name on the first one offered a pretty good hint, actually, if a person could make it out.

Pounding sand?

Bob Smalser
12-30-2011, 11:25 AM
Bob are those carver's mallets Big Leaf Maple crotch?

Exactly. Weighted with lead and using a softer-than-average hardwood, they behave like dead-blow mallets. And the crotch wood is incredibly tough - both are well over 10 years old and on their second or third coats of finish.

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL12/1104763/5536778/400300827.jpg

All of which was blind luck, of course. I just grabbed a chunk of swirly maple an arborist pal saved for me and chucked it in the lathe.

Paul Pless
12-30-2011, 11:30 AM
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL12/1104763/5536778/400300827.jpg

Where have I seen this pic before?

Jim Mahan
12-30-2011, 11:46 AM
Why aren't you wearing your glasses...?

Lew Barrett
12-30-2011, 11:52 AM
My mallets are all junk, since all I do with them is beat them against other hard objects. The one I use the most came in a package with a bunch of cheap chisels :D

Robmill0605
12-30-2011, 12:06 PM
Here's mine. From left to right, maple, oak, lignum v, bloodwood,the "beer" mallet, and mesquite. Guess which one is my favorite?


http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g148/robmill54/P3040081-1.jpg

Woxbox
12-30-2011, 06:54 PM
Well, I know we had some forum members who used to do this work, but they're apparently not visiting these days. This and the second one in my first post are printer's mallets. Back in the hot type days, once a page was laid out a wooden block or "planer" was set on the type and the mallet was used to rap it all down so the face of the type was level. If not, the plate on the press wouldn't pick up and lay down the ink evenly.

I've never done this myself -- when I started in the newspaper business in 1975 there were still 3 or 4 Linotype machines running and this mallet was in use. But by the end of that year, the conversion to cold type was complete and the composing room became a quiet, slightly more civilized place. The wooden mallet says "Ink Star" on it, which I believe was a company that supplied tooling for the business.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f92/Woxbox/Mallet2.jpg

Ethan
12-30-2011, 10:28 PM
Where have I seen this pic before?

Bob's Fine Woodworking article, if I'm not mistaken.

Jim Ledger
12-31-2011, 12:17 PM
Because the new rawhide inserts cost almost fifty dollars, I thought I'd try making some striking faces out of some leather scrap. They might be too soft, we'll see. Another idea is to turn an end grain pine striking face for one end, harder yet still softer than most other woods being struck. Soaking the leather in water might also harden it up.



http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m193/searover1916/Basahammer2.jpg

Paul Pless
12-31-2011, 12:32 PM
Because the new rawhide inserts cost almost fifty dollars. . .Maybe try sectioning a dog 'bone', perhaps even a synthetic Nylabone. Both available in your supermarket or pet store for $5 to $10.

Peerie Maa
12-31-2011, 12:35 PM
Because the new rawhide inserts cost almost fifty dollars, I thought I'd try making some striking faces out of some leather scrap. They might be too soft, we'll see. Another idea is to turn an end grain pine striking face for one end, harder yet still softer than most other woods being struck. Soaking the leather in water might also harden it up.



http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m193/searover1916/Basahammer2.jpg
Soaking won't, but boiling it will harden it.

Paul Girouard
12-31-2011, 12:52 PM
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b299/PEG688/Aug22008.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b299/PEG688/Aug3120089.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b299/PEG688/Aug3120088.jpg


Although I use this one more,

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b299/PEG688/sept17005-1.jpg

Paul Pless
12-31-2011, 01:01 PM
Edited to add: Don't boil them in the kitchen. DAMHIKT.Not if you're married at least.

thedutchtouch
12-31-2011, 03:21 PM
Not if you want to stay married at least.

fixed that for ya

Jim Ledger
12-31-2011, 03:55 PM
One time I rendered about ten pounds of tallow on the kitchen stove. It gave the house a nice McDonaldsy odor for about three days.

Mrleft8
12-31-2011, 05:22 PM
Jim.... Next time you stop by the salvation army store, look for an old pair of cowboy type boots.... The leather stack heels would be perfect for the faces for that mallet.... (Assuming you don't want to cannibalize your Ca.1975 metal flake purple platform soles... :D)

Gerarddm
12-31-2011, 05:27 PM
(Assuming you don't want to cannibalize your Ca.1975 metal flake purple platform soles... :D)

OMG. Mine were burgundy leather with robin's egg blue interior. :-) The burgundy matched the malaga paint on my 1972 BMW 2002. LOL. What memories.

Draketail
01-03-2012, 03:54 PM
Some other mallets:

First, a well used 3# replaceable face Garland, showing the effects of 15 years of driving framing chisels.

http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/49418/2221390270102980561S500x500Q85.jpg (http://community.webshots.com/photo/2221390270102980561ifaCnt)

And then, the proverbial "bigger hammer". The short one is a 5# solid head Garland available from McMaster. The long one is a different story..

I knew from work over in the UK that the 5# replacable face mallet was available with a 36" handle. Very handy for adjusting alignment of timber frame parts. The Brits called it "the pig on a stick". Thought I'd get two for use on the timber framing projects with my cadets. McMaster said they'd never heard of the 36" handle version. Same with Grainger, etc. So, after checking all the industrial sources I could think of, I e-mailed Garland directly. http://www.garlandmfg.com/mallets/mallets.html Very quickly, I received a reply from Mr. Dan Garland offering to ship me two of the long handled 5 pounders ASAP. Nice to know such customer service still exists.

http://inlinethumb50.webshots.com/43697/2096267070102980561S500x500Q85.jpg (http://community.webshots.com/photo/2096267070102980561gflqlf)

thedutchtouch
01-31-2012, 08:17 PM
i have a few large chunks of douglas fir (offcuts from when we timberframed my parents house), is this a suitable wood to make into a mallet? the grain is not particularly tight, but it's been well aged for a few years and is nice solid wood with no checks or splits.

Draketail
01-31-2012, 08:31 PM
I expect that Douglas Fir is a bit soft for use as a mallet. A carvers mallet would probably wear fairly quickly. But.... if you're talking about a timber offcut, commander size thumper, you'd probably never use it enough wear it out. The nice thing about making the mallets from materials on hand is the experiment doesn't cost you much.