• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Mike Haasl
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
  • James Freyr
master gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • John F Dean
  • jordan barton
gardeners:
  • Jay Angler
  • Greg Martin
  • Leigh Tate

Club style mallet - PEP BB roundwood.sand.club

BB round wood woodworking - sand badge
 
Posts: 1
1
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Approved BB submission
Hi, for this project I used a bow saw and a hatchet. I wanted to try and make a working handle without using my knife at all. -Chris
A6F1E934-6E08-44C1-9C8A-E49D2B95E7E0.jpeg
Starting materials and tools
Starting materials and tools
4676EBD6-9CA4-475F-815F-40034AF206BE.jpeg
partway through
partway through
B8704DC5-5C53-4F81-BFE3-45E424BEAA15.jpeg
Handle made
Handle made
CFA13D52-9552-4524-83C7-AA6E4F8D5DD8.jpeg
Finished mallet!
Finished mallet!
Staff note (jordan barton) :

I hereby certify this badge bit complete!

 
Posts: 36
Location: Just south of Dallas Texas
2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Approved BB submission
I am not seeing a lot of requirements other than wood mallet hand tools only so here goes with my version of a club style mallet.

This is made from a cedar branch and is light but very easy to use. The branch is still very green and should hold up to some abuse for a while.
20201101_102727.jpg
Stick
Stick
20201101_103209.jpg
First cut
First cut
20201101_104346.jpg
Hatchet 1
Hatchet 1
20201101_104711.jpg
First rough out handle
First rough out handle
20201101_105846.jpg
Remove some bark
Remove some bark
20201101_110653.jpg
Knots
Knots
20201101_111149.jpg
Second cut
Second cut
20201101_112217.jpg
Handle step two
Handle step two
20201101_112628.jpg
Handle 3
Handle 3
20201101_112837.jpg
Handle 4 finished
Handle 4 finished
20201101_113406.jpg
After first use
After first use
Staff note :

The requirements are listed at the bottom of the first post. The only thing you're missing is a picture of it in your hand showing your thumb and fingers wrapping around it.

Staff note (gir bot) :

Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
Curt Hettman
Posts: 36
Location: Just south of Dallas Texas
2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Curt Hettman wrote:I am not seeing a lot of requirements other than wood mallet hand tools only so here goes with my version of a club style mallet.

This is made from a cedar branch and is light but very easy to use. The branch is still very green and should hold up to some abuse for a while.



I have to say that this mallet is super useful. I have been using it for all sorts of tasks around the yard.
20201126_115431.jpg
[Thumbnail for 20201126_115431.jpg]
 
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Approved BB submission
My first BB! :-)
CSM_20201212_01_chunk-of-wood-and-tools.jpg
 The chunck of greenwood came from a recently fallen oak tree (Quercus pyrenaica)
The chunck of greenwood came from a recently fallen oak tree (Quercus pyrenaica)
CSM_20201212_02_half-way-through-and-tools.jpg
 The axe got lost in this picture, but is in the previous one
The axe got lost in this picture, but is in the previous one
CSM_20201212_03_final.jpg
 My finished mallet. Already tried it out and I am very satisfied with the end result!
My finished mallet. Already tried it out and I am very satisfied with the end result!
Staff note (gir bot) :

Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
Posts: 5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I liked the earlier post about balance and weight, and would add that it makes sense to me to spend a few more minutes making a really comfortable handle. Even if my tool were to disintegrate after 8 hrs use, that’s a lot of time whacking, we need to take care of our sensitive wrist/ carpal connections if we are to have lifetime of working with hand tools.

One thing I’ve found that helps is having a slight knob on the butt end, ( too large will rub against your wrist) and a slight taper from the butt end towards the club. Any other tips/experiences out there?

Also, they may stick around longer than you think. The first mallet I made for greenwood working 10 years ago transitioned to the garden shed when I considered it too bear up for fro use. It still comes out once a year for pounding in tomato stakes and such.

To this end I like the one I saw that used a limby chunk for the club end. A good bit harder to shape but the crotchwood club I made way outlasted my first try, all that twisty grain is much harder to delaminate. The next one I need will come from an ironwood rootball. Anyone have experience with this? I’m not sure what diameter tree I’m going to need to cut to dig up the root ball size I’d need. While we’re making tools that last, species makes a huge difference, ironwood it is for me, as it has way outlasted my first mallet head, (locust). I’d be happy for any recommendations there
 
pioneer
Posts: 72
Location: Japan
23
hugelkultur trees cooking woodworking
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Approved BB submission
I've made a few mallets. I want to say there are merits to making hefty clubs that are too big to use for a long time. If you make them big enough, you can basically let gravity split your logs for you. I use my big guy for splitting and putting stakes in the ground. I use my small persimmon mallet for chisel work.

I don't have photos of when I made the small persimmon mallet, but it's pictured in my tool assortment photo just to the right of the chisel box. It's unorthodox in shape, but I find it extremely flexible having a narrow point at the end of a curve and a big blunt backside of the curve. I alternate how I strike depending on what I'm doing.

I don't have a picture of me holding it, but I guess I'll submit anyway. If I need that picture I can take it later.
mallet1.jpg
[Thumbnail for mallet1.jpg]
mallet2.jpg
[Thumbnail for mallet2.jpg]
mallet3.jpg
[Thumbnail for mallet3.jpg]
mallet4.jpg
[Thumbnail for mallet4.jpg]
tools.jpg
[Thumbnail for tools.jpg]
Staff note (gir bot) :

Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
Lew Johnson
pioneer
Posts: 72
Location: Japan
23
hugelkultur trees cooking woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Here's the last picture
IMG_20210105_180129649.jpg
[Thumbnail for IMG_20210105_180129649.jpg]
 
Posts: 22
12
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Approved BB submission
My first time carving anything with an axe, or knife for that matter. It was quite satisfying. Took about 45min to make.
01B69015-F8C7-4565-8DF1-420E9237E0CC.jpeg
[Thumbnail for 01B69015-F8C7-4565-8DF1-420E9237E0CC.jpeg]
03BD9D0A-953E-4F6C-9A09-5E44AB493F6B.jpeg
[Thumbnail for 03BD9D0A-953E-4F6C-9A09-5E44AB493F6B.jpeg]
B9FBC06B-5731-4349-8DF0-BD759F756B75.jpeg
[Thumbnail for B9FBC06B-5731-4349-8DF0-BD759F756B75.jpeg]
EDE13933-C27F-40B5-A7B4-7046D1C1C879.jpeg
[Thumbnail for EDE13933-C27F-40B5-A7B4-7046D1C1C879.jpeg]
745FD1CF-FC89-4DFB-B31B-4CF01C629963.jpeg
[Thumbnail for 745FD1CF-FC89-4DFB-B31B-4CF01C629963.jpeg]
Staff note (gir bot) :

Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
Honk if you love justice! And honk twice for tiny ads!
Rocket Mass Heater Manual - now free for a while
https://permies.com/goodies/8/rmhman
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic