1. Thanks Paul. I made a mallet a while back out of hard maple. I glued up two pieces .Made my handle round, bored a hole and wedged the top end. It’s been about three years and so far it is holding up just fine. However I really like the way you made yours and I think I’ll try your method as soon as I can find a thick piece of hard wood. Looking forward to the next episode.

  2. So excited to build another mallet! A while back I built a couple laminated versions from some scrap hickory which have served me well. But I like the idea of a solid head and cutting the mortises by hand. I’m looking forward to seeing how you shape the head and handle as my mallets currently look very ‘blocky’. Thanks again for the wonderful, clear instruction.

  3. Thanks Paul, I finally have a clear understanding of how best to cut a deep mortise. One thing I noticed is that while drilling, the chuck of your brace didn’t stay in the line between the bit point and the end handle. Is that common with braces? Is it much trouble?

  4. I’m constantly in awe just watching you work. You consistently make the difficult simple. As I attempt to duplicate some of your techniques I find myself becoming more relaxed and in touch with the tool, the wood and myself. Thank You.

  5. I’ve made a couple of mallets, one according to Paul’s design and another one. Both were Beech, and neither has held up under use. So I got a bit of Osage Orange from the US; it was 6x4x3″, a turning block, and very reasonably priced I thought, even with the p & p. Now comes the fun part. This stuff is hard! That’s ok, it’s good practice, plenty of stops for sharpening up. The tricky bit has come when I am trying to bore through. Just like on the video, when Paul has to stop to clear the snail, except I get about one or at best two turns before it clogs up. And then the wood has reformed on the thread of the snail, as hard as nails. At this rate it’ll take a couple of days to drill for the mortice hole. Any advice anyone?

      1. I’ve tried a power drill, Jason. I bought a special bit, too. No luck. The bit jammed in the cut. The drill was a cordless one, with a keyless chuck, so I’m going to try it with an old-fashioned drill. I’ll let you all know if that works.

    1. I built this project today and had the same problem. After some experimenting I found that if I took a quarter turn backwards (counter clockwise) every couple of turns or if I felt it clogging that it would clear the snail and bite right back in. If I got too ambitious and tried for just one extra turn I was screwed 🙂 Really didn’t add any extra time or effort.

  6. Great video and I plan to make my own mallet from some red oak. Maybe I missed it but I couldn’t tell from the video how to ensure you are chopping the mortise at the correct angle. Is it just by eye? Should I try using a guide of some sort?


    1. Hi,

      Paul says:
      Yes it is just by eye, you could use a guide but i’m not sure it will be possible. As long as the inside edge of the hole and the outside edge of the hole are to the line, and using a straight edge across from the two points will show any undulation that will cause a problem to the wedged fit.

      Kind Regards,

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