Hi everyone, I have been working on building my first project, and am nearing completion of the famous mallet whos guide was on this channel from a long time ago. As I completed the head of the mallet my brother requested one of his own and I would love to make him one, but finding a suitably sized piece of red oak was a very lucky find for even my mallet, is there a way anyone would recommend to find good hardwoods at the size necessary? Ideally at least 4″ x 4″ x 7″ or longer. I have looked and can not find suitable woods in these sizes, alternatively is there a wood that is easier to find at a home center (most doug. fir and red cedar) that may be suitable? Also, I know that firewood is recommended, but I am finding it hard to find a piece of split firewood that has enough wood left for use on a mallet head or long enough for the handle.
I am having the same problem. Living in Amarillo, Tx. it isn’t easy finding thick hardwood. In case you’ve never been through Amarillo it is on the high plains of the Texas panhandle, ranch country, not forest country.
I am in Saskatchewan, Canada so in the middle of the prairie and sympathize with your plight. I ran into a fellow who had an ash tree that was taken down in his yard and he had 2 stumps left. They were badly checked but i was able to salvage enough to make a large and small mallet. Anyway they are holding up alright so that might be an option.
I have made a few from laminated wood. Take the knotty pieces and glue them up mix and match the scrap.you can also cut the mortise when its in pieces just angle the inner layer like a dovetail. Maybe not as cool as a full size piece but it will hit a chisel.