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  • #125988
    Sandy
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    I went out tot he wood pile to find a chuck of wood for my Mallet head. I had a choice of Mulberry, Sycamore, and Oak. I like the looks of the Sycamore. Do you think that will work for a mallet head?

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #126001
    chemical_cake
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    Sycamore’s very split resistant but not the hardest of hardwoods so probably won’t give the best transmission of energy. That’s if we’re talking about the same sycamore, I’m led to believe it refers to different trees in the UK and USA.

    Matt

    Southampton, UK

    #126273
    Sandy
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    I made the mallet out of a very knotty area where the tree forked. Talk about some twisted grain. I finished and have tried it out on my joiners tool box project and it sure beats the Plastic head mallet that I was using. There doesn’t seem to be to much mushing so maybe it’s a good one.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #126301
    Frank Joseph
    Member

    Hi Sandy
    If you still have the Mall berry and it’s green make one from it that stuff is like iron when it’s dry.
    Frankj

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    #127026
    drdee1280
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    I used a chunk of maple for mine. I just made a cutting board with the breadboard ends out of a board of honey locust that grows around here in Canada. That stuff is hard as a rock, but mine was air dried if that makes any difference. I was thinking that it would make a great mallet. I’ll have to look around after the next wind storm to see if anyone is cutting one down to try it. I also had a board of black locust. Apparently the old timers used to use the lumber for fencing. Anyways if anyone gets the chance to get some of these species, they are really hard woods (I beat on a section with a steel hammer and could not dent it, but I’m not sure about resistance to splitting though)

    #127027
    jmahoney
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    @drdree1280 thanks for the info, honey and black locust are all over the cities in North Idaho and Washington. Now I’ll be on the hunt for some.

    Perhaps I'm Just Over Eager, Better to Curb the Enthusiasm

    #127424
    Sandy
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    I’ve still got the Mullberry and will give that a shot soon. The Sycamore really works well. It’s pretty hard and the knotted area will keep it from splitting. It’s ugly but it works!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #127426
    Frank Joseph
    Member

    Hi Sandy
    Mulberry is great for a mallet but let it dry first
    Frankj

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    #127430

    Sandy, What did your mallet end up weighing?

    Located in Honeoye Falls NY USA. The Finger Lakes region of Western NY.

    "If you give me 6 hours to fell a tree, I will take the first 4 to sharpen my axe" Abe Lincoln

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