9 comments on “Making a Joiner’s Mallet

    • @barrygee Yes, this is the same mallet. We are in the process of neatening things up a bit on the Tools & Techniques page to make it a bit more comprehensible. To that end I am trying to get all the videos from one sequence nested under a Main Page. At the moment, this means that this new main page will pop up with a very recent date, so you will probably see a few more examples of this before we finish.

    • Paul usually uses a flat spokeshave, it works well for this task. Since the blade is protruding below the plane, it can create a hollow shape. A round bottomed spokeshave is apparently not as easy to use and intended for tighter radii. In “Essential Woodworking Hand Tools” he states that the flat sole one works best for concave curves with a radius down to 6″.

  1. I just completed this mallet out of some left-over white ash. Such a simple design. I don’t know if it is that simple pride, or great design/materials, but this is for sure my favorite mallet. My daughter thinks it looks like Thor’s hammer.

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

  2. I am relatively new to woodworking and Just finished my mallet last night and it came out pretty good. I made it head out of wenge and the handle out of tigerwood. The wenge has some crazy grain in it and was pretty hard on my planes and chisels. But without your videos to guide me I wouldn’t have been able to do it. I posted the pics in the gallery. Thank you for the great instruction!

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