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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in round wood working.

This mallet is similar to the club style mallet. However, this mallet is made out of two pieces of wood instead of one, and is also made by only using hand tools and no glue.

With this mallet, a dry piece of wood serves as the handle, fitting in to the green wood head (freshly cut piece of wood). The idea is that the green wood head will shrink and further tighten itself to the handle.

A hole is made all the way through the head, which the handle is inserted into.This should be a very basic and simply built mallet, able to be built pretty quickly.

Wooden mallets have many uses in carpentry. They can be used to hit wood pieces to join and fit together and can also be used to strike shaping tools without damaging the striking surface.

Be safe when using hand tools, work at your own risk, and enjoy building!

To get certified for this BB, post three pics.  

  - Your chunks of wood that you are starting with
  - Progress about half way through, with the hand tools you have decided to use for this
  - Final product

Look at the photos and videos below to get an idea of what the finished product should look like.
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Looking for a youtube video that shows a quick block of green wood with a hole, and a dry peg that will be the handle.   So far, not having much luck.

I guess I would like this BB to be a pretty simple project.

I think i need to find some of the compound mallets we have here and take pics.
 
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a google image search produced this:


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This guy is starting with a dry head, which is the opposite for this BB



For this BB, it is critical to start with a fresh, green chunk of wood for the head of the mallet.   And a dry handle.   The idea is that the head will shrink and further grip the handle.

I also wish for this to be done without glue.
 
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this one is kinda backwards:  dry head and green handle





this one also starts with a dry head.   But I like how with this one, there is emphasis on how the handle doesn't have to be straight!

 
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I like that, looks like what I was wishing to find, just was having a hard time finding it.

I'll update the above info.
 
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how about this one?


 
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here is a freakishly large compound mallet:




And the mallet below is freakishly happy, yet worn:
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That is one big mallet!!! It looks one of those mallets at a carnival to play that giant mallet game. Maybe that could be in the straw badge!

I guess a well loved and used tool makes a happy tool!
 
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