View Full Version : First Hand Tool Build: Joiner's Mallet in Ash

Tate Harmann
12-19-2017, 12:05 PM
Coming back to working with wood after quite some time. As I'm building now in a laundry closet with a foldable bench I've decided to use only hand tools (which I've discovered to be very enjoyable to work with.) Anyway's here's the first tool I've built completely with hand tools: a joiner's mallet in ash. It's not perfect but...it's a mallet so, I'm not too worried about it lol. I used japanese hand saws throughout the job and was amazed at their precision and tiny kerf (I'll include an image of that)..


Dan Hulbert
12-19-2017, 3:07 PM
Nice mallet. I'm a big fan of Japanese saws. Be careful you don't bounce the blade on your hand, you end up with a very well spaced dotted line of blood spots.

Tate Harmann
12-19-2017, 6:26 PM
Haha ouch! Good tip ;)

Frederick Skelly
12-19-2017, 7:54 PM
Welcome Tate!
Nice mallet. Look forward to seeing more or your hand work!

Tate Harmann
12-20-2017, 10:25 AM
Thanks Frederick!

Mike Turner
12-21-2017, 6:31 PM
Nice looking mallet Tate! Keep up the good work!

Tate Harmann
12-23-2017, 12:06 AM
Thanks Mike!

Charlie Jones
01-30-2018, 4:29 PM
Nice job Tate. I like it.

John Keeton
01-31-2018, 1:13 PM
Nice work, though I might have considered riving the wood for the handle as it appears you have some runout on the grain that may be prone to split upon impact.

jim wise
03-03-2018, 9:02 AM
Nice mallet. My Father made a mallet from a Louisville Slugger bat back in the day. It's a Mickey Mantle signature. It's the coolest mallet.