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    Keyaki Mallet

    A while back I made a wooden mallet >> LINK << from left over scraps of the back bench I put on my SawStop when I first got it.


    That mallet has worked well, but the wood was a bit soft, here it is brand new unused.....




    Now after three years of use.....



    you can see how dented the face of the mallet is.


    I had a chunk of Red Keyaki sitting here that was a good size for a mallet head, so I got it squared up, and made a mallet!

    Keyaki is also known as Japanese or Chinese Elm, I think it is harder than regular NA Elm, maybe more like Slippery Elm, but it is hard dense stuff.



    The handle is from some local Oak that I harvested a while back, I drilled four smaller holes and then squared it up to one large hole. I flared out the top of the hole a bit so when I drove the wedges into the top of the handle they would have some room to spread out. I used epoxy to help hold it all together.


    I really like the grip that the hockey tape job gives my clamp handles, so I thought I'd try it out on this mallet handle.


    The top has some cool burl in it....



    A side by side comparison


    The old mallet is larger, and will be kept on for really large bashing jobs, but the new mallet is a better size for tapping type jobs.


    The large one is 732g or 25.8 ounces.
    Even though the old mallet is a lot bigger, it is not that heavy.


    580g is about 20.5 ounces
    The smaller mallet is only about 20% lighter than the larger one.
    I finished it off with my beeswax & mineral oil wipe on finish.
    Fun project that I should get years of use out of.

    Cheers!
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 10-30-2012 at 11:27 AM.
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    Nice work Stu! That'll serve you well for a long time. I see it's even autographed

    BTW, is that hockey tape on the handle?

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    Very cool. A nice tool with a great look.
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    What are you normally bashing with those?
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    That'll crack some walnuts! Nice work Stu!
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    Nice looking mallet, Stu.
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    Good looking Mallets. I really like making things with the tools that I have also made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Rideout View Post
    Nice work Stu! That'll serve you well for a long time. I see it's even autographed

    BTW, is that hockey tape on the handle?
    You bet eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    What are you normally bashing with those?
    Your fingers if you reach for my cookies!

    Just about anything that needs it from my hold-fasts on my bench to chisels or such, not really bashing, more of a tapping type of hit.
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    The new mallet looks great, but I think the old one is just getting broken in It'll be handy having both, since they have different characteristics.
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