Make a small Carving Mallet Feb 21, 2014 | Woodworking | 84 comments 84 Comments Jeremy on 02/21/2014 at 3:47 PM I like the look of the purple heart. Would that be strong enough to use with leather carving tools? I’m using a rolled rawhide mallet currently. It works great, but it’s ugly. I wouldn’t mind making my workbench look a little more refined. Pasquale A. Posa on 02/25/2014 at 8:39 PM You do some great work glad I found you Videos on youtube and you website Chris Smith on 02/21/2014 at 3:50 PM Jon, as always, great video. A great project using limited tools, AND something that everyone can use in their home or shop. Thanks for sharing! Tommy on 02/21/2014 at 4:05 PM Jon, Thanks for posting the videos on your projects. I find them helpful and inspiring to get back into the shop and make things again. -Tommy Matt Regenold on 02/21/2014 at 4:11 PM I like that shape of that mallet. What type of brush did you use to apply the shellac? I am thinking about making my own mallet and was wondering what other species of wood you might suggest that would be good? Thanks! David Cooksey on 02/21/2014 at 4:13 PM Jon you make great video’s w/ your cam corder, and i have always enjoyed watching them. On Youtube i go by: South-Texas-Cue-Repair Dave Joe on 02/21/2014 at 4:15 PM Hey Jon, Thanks for your videos! I’ve watched all of them at least once and have learned a ton from you. I’d love to enter your drawing for the mallet. I’m just getting started in woodworking and routinely pause your videos to check out your tools in the background so I know what I ought to get next. Thanks again. Joe Denise S. on 02/21/2014 at 4:24 PM Thank you for this information. A great way to make handles and spindles if you don’t own a lathe. The mallet turned out beautifully. Kirk Julien Jr. on 02/21/2014 at 4:31 PM Cool mallet John! Very inspiring!! I’m just getting into woodworking and I enjoy seeing your techniques!! Keep them coming! Thanks -Kirk Mike Fountoukis on 02/21/2014 at 4:33 PM Love to have one of them but I’m from canada but would pay for shipping Pat Conner on 02/21/2014 at 4:52 PM I wish I had half of the talent that you have, I also look forward to your video’s where I have picked up some good idea’s. Thanks John Pat Mike B. on 02/21/2014 at 4:57 PM Thanks for another great video! How do you get your signature on the mallet like that? I have been looking into ways to brand my projects, I like the way your signature came out. Great work! Thanks, Mike Mark Gstohl on 02/21/2014 at 5:16 PM Great job as always! I appreciate the details you include in your videos. Very informative! Roger Fordham on 02/21/2014 at 5:16 PM Hi Jon, Very much enjoy your videos, always look forward to watching whatever you post. I had not thought of making a square mallet I’ll give it a go. Thanks again and keep posting your videos. Magnificent work. Best regards, Roger. Anthony W. Shelton on 02/21/2014 at 5:46 PM Jon – I found your videos a couple of weeks ago and have watched nearly all of them ! You are very talented and an excellent teacher ! Thanks ! jeff wilder on 02/21/2014 at 5:49 PM Jon, Interesting mallet, you don’t see too many of this style being square. I need to make one and might try this style. Regards, Jeff Jay on 02/21/2014 at 5:51 PM Randomly pick me to win that mallet please. Joseph Lorentzen on 02/21/2014 at 5:57 PM For Hope Retraining Center these will be one of two mallets that will be part of the wood working training. I really like the purple heart, but locally pecan might be the hardwood of choice. There was a mill in Mesilla Park, New Mexico, which I hope is still open so I can get some of those materials. Mark Price on 02/21/2014 at 6:15 PM Thanks for the opportunity to win some of your talent! I would be honored to win your mallet, although I think I would hang it on my shop (garage) wall as a trophy, and not use it. You are very talented and I admire your work and appreciate your videos. I try and get involved and comment as much as possible. Thanks again, and I wish you and your family well. Hopefully you guys are thawing out! It’s funny…on the blanket chest painting video, you can see your sons (I assume that’s who it was) zipping by the door window on the quad and sled! Robert Rodriguez on 02/21/2014 at 6:25 PM The drunken wood needs to stop drinking I love Purple Heart, the color the feel. The is just what I could use next I like the shape and size of this one and the wood. If I don’t win it I guess I’ll have to make one hope I can afford a chunk of Purple heart that big Brian Jenkins on 02/21/2014 at 6:27 PM I found your work on Youtube last month and I love the art you bring too woodworking. It is not just a dark dusty shop. At the same time you don’t have every tool known to man given you, you have the same tools we all have. You do great work and I look forward to all your videos. Brian andrew on 02/21/2014 at 6:36 PM great videos. keep’em coming Tom Craven on 02/21/2014 at 6:48 PM Hey Jon, I’m Tom Craven, and i’m 14 years old, I have been woodworking for about a year now and I absolutely love your videos. Keep up the good work! -Tom Nick F. on 02/21/2014 at 7:24 PM Jon I love your stuff and would be proud to own one of your projects. Even if I don’t win I guess I still love your projects. Don’t know what else to say other than that I like how you do more than just woodworking and work with all kinds of media. Thanks Doug on 02/21/2014 at 7:36 PM Great video Jon. You have good videos and I’ve been picking up little tips from each. Keep it up! James s on 02/21/2014 at 7:56 PM Hey Jon Wonderful vid . Every time I get on YouTube witch is every day I’m always catching myself looking for your vids .. Your always making new stuff and helpful for me .. I love this purple heat mallet I’m in need of one .. If it’s possible can you send it to me ^.^ Lee Noring on 02/21/2014 at 9:21 PM Hi Jon I received a notice from YouTube that you subscribed to my channel. To say thank you I went to your channel and watched your video titled “Make a Purple Heart Carving Mallet by Jon Peters”. It was great, thank you for sharing your wood working skills. I like your idea on giving away one of your projects to winning comment. I wish you the best of luck. Lee Noring (916) 672-1132 Michael Ruiz on 02/21/2014 at 9:33 PM Great video! just watched it on YouTube. Funny you mentioned the other channel of the “Drunken Woodworker” I got to seen him earlier today and thought he was very entertaining. As always, your videos are very good and full of specific instructions and yet they are easy to watch and I can honestly say I’ve picked up a few tips from them. Thank you for choosing to make a video with this type of wood as I became intrigued when the “Drunken WW” was talking about it as if it was the worst material to work with. Since I started watching your videos, I’ve began to appreciate woods like maple, walnut and such. Thanks again for sharing! NJ Brad on 02/21/2014 at 11:01 PM I’m only commenting to try and win the mallet… at least I’m honest about it! Thanks for the vid!! Larry Benjamin on 02/21/2014 at 11:59 PM I am a recent subscriber,I have enjoyed all your videos. I have already used some of your tips. The mallet is really nice. I really liked the tablesaw storage unit. Thanks for your time and efforts. jonpeters on 02/26/2014 at 8:23 PM Hi Larry, congratulations you are the winner. Email me your address and I will send the mallet on its way. Bryce on 02/22/2014 at 12:13 AM I first watched your videos on the art desk about a year ago before I really got into woodworking and I just rediscovered and subscribed to your YouTube channel a few weeks ago. Keep up the great work. I really enjoy your perspective as a woodworker and an artist. I studied art history and studio art in college and used to produce photographs and paintings. I do less now with kids taking up most of my time. Would you ever do a seres on building a drafting table? Thanks and have a great day. Rob Chanclor on 02/22/2014 at 12:25 AM Your wooden drawer pull video inspired me on my daughters dresser project. Thank you. On a side note, I used a power sander to shape those pulls and noticed you too relied on one for the mallet. There seems very little on the web to address sanding techniques using power sanders. Such a simple tool with little coverage. Keep up the good work. Dusty LeBlanc on 02/22/2014 at 12:42 AM Jon, Just wanted to say thanks for your videos. They are well made and you are a very talented guy! I’m an aspiring woodworker and I subscribe to many channels to help me learn. However, your channel and website are one of my favorites. If I ever gain half the talent you have in woodworking I will be happy man. Also I envy your design ability and capability of being able to envision your work before it happens. Thats a true skill that I’m working towards. Thanks again and keep up the great work! Jim Winters on 02/22/2014 at 1:26 AM Thanks for the video. I just found your site and I’ve made your aluminum frame and your shabby chic frame. Looks like I will add this to the to do list! Frankie Pezzolla on 02/22/2014 at 2:26 AM Jon, I really love your videos, I as a New wood worker need to find inspiration in different places. I use your videos and website as a main source of inspiration. I always admired you posting your videos for free and teaching the new woodworkers amazing techniques. You will always be the Mack Daddy of Moulding’s though!! As always Keep your Woodworking Pimp Hand Strong!! Thanks for everything!! Sean on 02/22/2014 at 3:13 AM What a great looking piece! Christopher Pine on 02/22/2014 at 3:37 AM Nice mallet! Love the look of purple Heart but I have not worked with more than the size of a pen blank. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Chris Nick Gonzalez on 02/22/2014 at 3:54 AM Love the videos! Art plus woodworking = dream job. I hope I win the mallet!!!! Steven Cote on 02/22/2014 at 4:10 AM WOW JON… you continue to amaze and inspire me! ive only got about 6 months of woodworking under my belt, but my skills are growing fast, thanx to youtubers like yourself… please keep up the great work. P.S. I also have a background in art, and for that reason, I know how powerful those 2 skills can be (ART & WOOD) VERY NICE!!! Michael Anderson on 02/22/2014 at 4:28 AM Lovely little tool, more art than industry. David Picciuto is way funnier since he got his beard and horn-rim glasses! I too look forward to his wrap-ups. On purpleheart, I’ve always been scared off by comments like his. Maybe I should try working with some…after making a first draft with poplar. Dale cannon on 02/22/2014 at 5:08 AM Hi Jon, Thank you for all the great videos. My woodworking has grown so much from people like you putting in the time to make these videos to help us beginners. Your time and skill is well appreciated. Philip on 02/22/2014 at 5:39 AM Hi Jon, I have been growing more and more interested in woodworking since sometime last year when I landed on my first woodworking youtube video. Thank you to you and a handful of others in your community for providing all this information. I just got my first table saw and miter saw this week and am waiting for winter to subside to put into practice what I’ve been learning. I have very few tools however and am now going to shamelessly ask for the mallet to add to my expanding woodworking tool collection. I do happen to own some chisels so I promise I’d put it to good use. Daniel Dutton on 02/22/2014 at 5:45 AM Great video. I might try and make one… If I do not win. Scott A. on 02/22/2014 at 6:17 AM Like many others, I think the purple heart is very beautiful. I’ve been eyeing the species lately, wondering what I could make. Thanks for the idea and techniques. Armando Gonzalez on 02/22/2014 at 7:32 AM Great vid I enjoy watching your videos you make all your projects look easy and always come out looking great at the end. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to all the future videos. Thanks for sharing your woodworking and artistic skills with us I believe it’s a great combination. Tyler on 02/22/2014 at 7:45 AM I’ll be sure to make one of these next weekend! Ruth Taylor on 02/22/2014 at 1:09 PM very talented, hadn’t heard of Purple Heart wood before. This is an item that would be not only a useful tool, but nice to display 🙂 Nothing like the old rubber mallet we have :)) I liked how you used the can to trace around and make the template. It reminded me of some 50 years ago my Mom told me my Dad made her wood cornice by tracing with a dinner plate and teacup on the wood he bought for the project 😀 Joe Sargent on 02/22/2014 at 1:36 PM Jon, Great vid. Love the channel and always look forward to seeing what you make. Just am finishing new extension table and outfeed table on my 68 Delta unisaw, semi restored. I would really like to win this mallet so I can beat mother nature in the head with it. Enough with the snow, ice and rain. Thanks Joe Lawrenceville,nj Bill on 02/22/2014 at 2:08 PM Nice mallet Jon. I was wondering why you didn’t choose to turn it on the lathe. Korinna Bonilla on 02/22/2014 at 3:18 PM Hey Jon! YOUR VIDEOS ROCK! Nice Mallet! Michael Rumsey on 02/22/2014 at 7:50 PM Great Video and Mallet I personally like and use purpleheart all the time but it does burn quite easy. I was watching a video of a friend of mine, Bob Blanford and he uses a technique of heating Purpleheart with a torch to bring out the purple color. I have never done that but will be trying it soon. Henry Hufnagle on 02/22/2014 at 8:51 PM Jon, Thanks for posting all of these videos. Your instructions are always clear and concise. As soon as you said you were using purple heart, I thought of the drunken wood worker weekly wrap-up review. I always look forward to those videos as well as yours. Thanks again for sharing your talents with all of us. Steve Hadeka on 02/22/2014 at 10:38 PM Another great project, Jon! Ed on 02/23/2014 at 1:09 AM Hi Jon, Nice job, the mallet looks good. I was also unfamilar with “Purple Heart” wood. Wikipeadia redirects that term to Peltogyne, the tree that yeilds the lumber. Purpleheart is an extremely dense and water resistant wood. It is ranked one of the hardest and most stiff of the woods in the world. Joe on 02/23/2014 at 1:09 AM Very nice mallet, I too need to make me one. Excellent design!! Carl Garcia on 02/23/2014 at 2:53 AM Hey Jon, I’m an electrician by trade but just started woodworking. Your blogs and youtube video are a big help. Thanks, Carl Michael on 02/23/2014 at 5:51 AM Great video. Purple heart and like an interesting wood. I’ve never had the chance to work with it. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever even seen any in person. Steve on 02/23/2014 at 2:23 PM Another great project, Jon. Thank you for continuing to educate and inspire. It was your chair videos that got me started. Would love to win the mallet, but if not I’ll be making my own. Steve on 02/23/2014 at 2:24 PM I meant chair rail videos. Caleb on 02/23/2014 at 4:14 PM How much wood would Chuck Norris chuck if Chuck Norris could chuck wood? Ken on 02/23/2014 at 11:11 PM I have always liked the look of finished purple heart. I know it’s not the easiest of woods to work with and I think that far too many woodworkers have allowed it to get a bad wrap. As always a fantastic project. Christopher Vaccaro on 02/23/2014 at 11:45 PM My Heart bleeds purple. For a purpupe heart mallet. Very nice video. Christopher Andrew Clark on 02/24/2014 at 12:56 AM Thanks for the video. I’m a brand new subscriber to the YouTube channel, and, quite frankly, a newbie in my interest in woodworking. Looking forward to seeing new videos and checking out some of the previous posts. Thanks again. Chris McDowell on 02/24/2014 at 1:17 AM I just found your YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago. Not sure how I’ve missed it before. I thought I had found every woodworker there is. Anyway, I like your videos. Great content and editing keeps it interesting. I currently only have a rubber mallet that I use for chopping mortises. This Purple Heart mallet would be an awesome upgrade. I like that it is one solid piece. brent hunt on 02/24/2014 at 1:21 AM cool project. got the link to your mallet video from wwmm. it is always nice to watch these kind of videos when i can’t be out in my garage doing my own thing. (its just that way in Minnesota) i will be liking your fb page to keep up on your latest videos. Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB on 02/24/2014 at 2:59 AM I’ve had the opportunity to watch a couple of your videos and have greatly enjoyed them. You have a new subscriber. Lewis Van Aken on 02/24/2014 at 4:02 AM Thank you for making such awesome and helpful videos! christopher spurgeon on 02/24/2014 at 4:31 AM Was sent to your video through WWMM , great looking mallet! I like the prism style rather than a round one , seems like it’s more facial material to use. christopher spurgeon on 02/24/2014 at 4:34 AM After WWMM made the heart box out of the purple , I watched Drunken Woodworker as well and while watching your video I thought I hope he doesn’t burn it. Well thanks for the lesson and keep up the great work. Allen Burris on 02/24/2014 at 5:10 AM I was watching mere minutes and Steve referenced you, making a mallet. So, I watched your video. It was the first time that I’ve seen your work. The video was excellent quality and the mallet turned out great the Purple Heart really pops. I hope you consider me for the giveaway and I’m a new subscriber by the way. Great job, Allen. Michael Lubecke on 02/24/2014 at 5:31 AM What an interesting design…. More of a work of art… But I really can’t wait to use the heck out of that bad boy! Love your videos… Steve on 02/24/2014 at 7:54 AM Great video as always Jon! Eric Schwartz on 02/24/2014 at 10:38 AM Turned out beautifully. This is something that I definitely need to make (if I don’t win one that is). I just got my first set of chisels and a dovetail saw as a birthday gift, and this style of mallet would be perfect for chiseling out some pins. Thanks for the great video. ~Eric Nathan Logan on 02/24/2014 at 11:13 PM I’m a sucker for free, awesome things. But if I don’t win, can you publish the dimensions you used? I could guess, but since you’ve already done the leg work… 🙂 John Becker on 02/25/2014 at 2:55 PM Love the mallet’s design. I’ve got just to board to make this out of. Thanks for the vid. Robert Showalter on 02/25/2014 at 7:02 PM I love the channel and the mallet is very very cool Mike Wolf on 02/25/2014 at 8:08 PM Great looking mallet. Deacon Conroy on 02/25/2014 at 8:19 PM Jon, I love the videos and projects you do. I am new to woodworking and you work has been a great inspiration. Thanks for always explaining every step! Great mallet too! Deacon Doug on 02/26/2014 at 3:54 AM Really cool mallet. I love the choice of purple heart. definitely going to make one. it will be a really distinct tool in the shop. I’ll probably end up making more for my sons when they have their own homes! You won a subscriber today! Cheers, Doug Brian on 02/26/2014 at 5:20 AM Gorgeous! I love purple heart and I think it should make a great mallet – it is a nice hard wood. Just found your channel today, so looking forward to watching more videos! Brian Jennifer Glass on 02/26/2014 at 6:16 AM What a beautiful mallet! Definitely a step up from the sad-looking rubber mallet I’m currently using! Mark Price on 02/26/2014 at 5:21 PM How often are going going to produce your Painting classes? I am eager to see #2. Like many have said, you inspire so many with not only woodworking, but many facets of talent that you produce…from a mallet to a painting pallet, you are amazingly talented! I like and appreciate your video and lecture style too. jonpeters on 02/27/2014 at 12:18 AM That’s awesome thanks for the comment, I plan to post a new painting class every week on Saturday or Sundays.