I made a mallet, following Paul’s guide on his blog. The head is laminated from three pieces of maple, the handle is oak. I’ve not shaped the handle yet as I’m seeing where I hold it most – the head is quite heavy so it’s a bit of an adjustment!
Steve, it’s my new shop. I’ll post some more pics once I’ve tidied it up a little! Still moving bits and pieces around as I use it more.
Mark, I’ve been using the plastic face hammer until now. It’s been fine until I tried it with a mortise chisel. It doesn’t have the mass to give the chisel a proper strike, unlike this one that is probably going to require me to go to the gym! I may make a smaller one that is easier to wield.
David, we’re having a bit of a heat wave at the moment here in England. It was 31 degrees (Celsius) in the shop yesterday, so lots of natural light. And sweat!
Dan, the goggles are safety goggles I wear when using the band saw. They’re pretty much air tight and fit over normal glasses. Great for keeping very fine dust out of my eyes. It looks a bit weird wearing them though, especially with a respirator and ear defenders!
George you wont have to go to Gym you will be surprised how nice a mallet is to use. In fact you’l be using less force and for those little taps needed to do more intricate work is so easy. 😉
Plastic/rubber hammer lot at work putting office furniture together a good assembly hammer.