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.
Here's Reid making one:
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!
- Green (fresh) head
- Dry handle passes all the way through the head
- Big enough to be useful. At least as big and heavy as a common hammer
- Handle that you can comfortably hold
- No wedge
- Made with hand tools only
To get certified for this BB, post three pics.
- Your chunks of wood that you are starting with (one is clearly green and the other dry)
- Progress about half way through, with the hand tools you have decided to use for this
- Final product held in your hand showing that your thumb and first finger can touch (any fatter than that and your hand will get very tired using it)