• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Anne Miller
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
  • Pearl Sutton
  • James Freyr
stewards:
  • Burra Maluca
  • Mike Haasl
  • Joylynn Hardesty
master gardeners:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • thomas rubino
  • Jay Angler
  • Tereza Okava
 
master steward
Posts: 31500
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
hugelkultur trees chicken wofati bee woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Sorry Nicole.   I am tempted to get fiddly about where you can use a power tool and where you can't, but a big part of this is the exercise of no power tools.  The hole is, therefore, either made with chisels or with something that is hand powered.  like this



https://amzn.to/2SGXaQC

 
master steward
Posts: 12917
Location: Pacific Northwest
5804
hugelkultur kids cat duck forest garden foraging fiber arts sheep wood heat homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I've actually wanted to get a hand drill for a long time. I've got some birthday/Christmas money, so I might put it toward that.

This one has pretty good reviews, and is 1/3rd the price of the one you linked to, but it this style harder to use?



This one looks like yours but is less expensive. Not sure if one brand is better than another, though...

 
paul wheaton
master steward
Posts: 31500
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
hugelkultur trees chicken wofati bee woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Nicole Alderman wrote:looks like yours but is less expensive.



check the reviews.



There is also this:


https://amzn.to/2H6k3LW
 
Nicole Alderman
master steward
Posts: 12917
Location: Pacific Northwest
5804
hugelkultur kids cat duck forest garden foraging fiber arts sheep wood heat homestead
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
My kids were fighting over their little wooden hammer...so I made them another hammer!
IMGP9918.JPG
wood for making mallet
wood for making mallet
IMGP9947.JPG
mallet handle shaped
mallet handle shaped
IMGP9954.JPG
drilling handle hole in mallet head
drilling handle hole in mallet head
IMGP9964.JPG
drilling mallet handle head
drilling mallet handle head
IMGP9967.JPG
drilling mallet head
drilling mallet head
IMGP9968.JPG
finished mallet hole
finished mallet hole
IMGP9970.JPG
mallet parts finished
mallet parts finished
IMGP9973.JPG
hand made mallets
hand made mallets
IMGP9984.JPG
mallet helper
mallet helper
compound-mallet-permies-kids.jpg
home made mallet
home made mallet
 
paul wheaton
master steward
Posts: 31500
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
hugelkultur trees chicken wofati bee woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Nicole,

Does the handle go all the way through?
 
Nicole Alderman
master steward
Posts: 12917
Location: Pacific Northwest
5804
hugelkultur kids cat duck forest garden foraging fiber arts sheep wood heat homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
It goes half way. Some of the videos showed having it go all the way through, while other's went only part way. I chose the latter option, since it didn't seem to be specified how far one needs to drill into the mallet head.
 
paul wheaton
master steward
Posts: 31500
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
hugelkultur trees chicken wofati bee woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

A hole is made through the head



Nicole, no biggie, we are getting things started and it is good to sort this stuff out.  

A lot of the videos and pics are not a perfect fit - but give some impression.  

In this case, since we are not using glue and we are not putting a wedge into the end, we are taking advantage of the green wood shrinking around the dry stick.   So we need to give it plenty of stick to hold onto.   So the stick needs to go all the way through.

 
Nicole Alderman
master steward
Posts: 12917
Location: Pacific Northwest
5804
hugelkultur kids cat duck forest garden foraging fiber arts sheep wood heat homestead
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Okay! I'll see if my husband can yank out the handle and I'll carve a longer peg on the handle and drill a deeper hole. (We had to yank the handle out once already because the handle split. I carved a new handle and inserted it.)

(My husband kept telling me, too, that I should have gone all the way through, but I interpreted "through" as meaning "into," rather than "all the way through")
 
Nicole Alderman
master steward
Posts: 12917
Location: Pacific Northwest
5804
hugelkultur kids cat duck forest garden foraging fiber arts sheep wood heat homestead
  • Likes 7
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I made it all the way through! (Man, it was HARD drilling through that last bit with the giant drill bit. It kept getting stuck, and since there was no handle to hold, I had to keep undrilling it and cleaning the hole and starting again, only to get 1/2 crank before having to take it out again. I definitely need a hand drill!)
IMGP0040.JPG
mallet parts made
mallet parts made
IMGP0041.JPG
finished mallet
finished mallet
IMGP0045.JPG
finished mallet
finished mallet
Staff note (paul wheaton):

I certify that this BB is complete!

 
pollinator
Posts: 446
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
134
urban books building solar rocket stoves ungarbage
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Paul, just to throw a wrench in the works... I found this video last night, which is a "ready-made" mallet cut from a tree whorl with the trunk as the head and a branch for the handle.
It seems to fall in the middle between the club mallet and the compound mallet, as far as skills and construction, but sure seems pretty darn Permie to me! Also sort of in the same vein as the coat hooks...
 
It's hard to fight evil. The little things, like a nice sandwich, really helps. Right tiny ad?
Learn Permaculture through a little hard work
https://wheaton-labs.com/bootcamp
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic