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Offline Justin F.

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Chisel Hammers/Mallets
« on: October 08, 2008, 01:45 PM »
Well, I've accumulated a set of nice woodworking chisels --- a few Two Cherries and Stubai --- and I'm looking for a advice on mallet/hammer selection.   I've come across wooden, brass, and urethane varieties.  Any preference ?


Justin
« Last Edit: October 08, 2008, 01:46 PM by Justin F. »
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Offline Rom Lee

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Re: Chisel Hammers/Mallets
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2008, 03:58 PM »
I have several (who doesn't?)

1.  Veritas Cabinetmakers mallet (Lee Valley).  Brass head with wood inserts.  11" handle.  Useful for chopping all but the smallest motises.  Well balanced and nice open swing length.  Also useful for "encouraging" a reluctant joint.
2.  Veritas Journeyman's brass mallet (Lee Valley).  1 1/4 lb. overall.  Useful in small or precise work, tight spaces or corners where you don't the room to swing and precision is more important that heft
3.  Brass carvers mallet with brass head and wood handle (purchased from Highland Woodworking).  2 lbs.  9" length.  More precise and less bulky than the standard beech carpenter's mallet.  2 lbs. concentrated in a 1 1/2" diameter brass head can exert quite a bit of force if you're not careful
4.  Carver's mallet.  20 oz.  Polyurethane covered head with wood handle (available just about anywhere).  The polyurethane "gives" a little, so it has a more "cushiony" strike.  I don't use it as much but it comes in handy when you're chiseling hard wood with little spring

Your choice(s) may come down to what you're most comfortable using.  For the kind of work I do, I like round headed mallets, especially with brass heads.  The round head means I can use just about any part of the striking surface which allows me to concentrate on the workpiece, not the mallet head position.  Next would be the Veritas Cabinetmaker's mallet because of it's balance and swing (and the wood inserts are kind to your chisel handles and more forgiving to surrounding workpiece surfaces).  But you might prefer a traditional mallet such as the carpenter's beech mallet.

Hope this helps a little.

Rom

Rom

Offline Justin F.

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Re: Chisel Hammers/Mallets
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2008, 04:12 PM »
Rom --- It helps much more than a little ---- I appreciate the info.

The preference for a round headed mallet as it lets you concentrate on the work piece instead of mallet would never even have occurred to me ----

Justin
« Last Edit: October 08, 2008, 04:17 PM by Justin F. »
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Offline quietguy

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Re: Chisel Hammers/Mallets
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2009, 09:26 PM »
various chisel & hammers on www.tool-industry.comtool-industry.com, you can take a good look!

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Offline toolindustry

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Re: Chisel Hammers/Mallets
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2009, 09:44 PM »
i guess this can help tool buyers find some nice tool suppliers.
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Offline quietguy

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Re: Chisel Hammers/Mallets
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2009, 09:52 PM »
i guess this can help tool buyers find some nice tool suppliers.
several days b4, i sent an inquiry on this site, ive got a big deal then.
i just wanna share this with you all. anyway, up to you!

If you are just looking to promote you business and let forum members know what you are about, then the administrator has created a category just for such threads - Sales and Festool Dealer Area
« Last Edit: February 19, 2009, 09:53 PM by mwhafner »

Offline toolindustry

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Re: Chisel Hammers/Mallets
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2009, 09:57 PM »
yeah, i completely agree!

Offline Steve Jones

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Re: Chisel Hammers/Mallets
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2009, 11:30 PM »
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Congratulations, keep shopping there.

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Offline Mike Chrest

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Re: Chisel Hammers/Mallets
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2009, 09:35 AM »
Justin,
  I like the polyurethane mallet that Rom mentioned. 20 oz for serious whacking, 12oz? for more delicate stuff. I have a friend that uses a brass mallet all the time and his chisel handles are all mushroomed. :o
Mike