It’s only fitting that a guy who reproduces antique furniture would, when he decides to dip his toe into woodworking hand-tool waters, choose to reproduce an antique tool. And so it is that today I announce the release of my first tool – a 16-ounce brass head mallet – designed for woodworkers.
A few years back while I was on staff at Popular Woodworking Magazine, I was bitten by the antique folding rules bug. As my collection grew ever so slowly, I considered reproducing rules. That idea didn’t get very far. Then one day as I sat in my cube tapping away at my computer Christopher Schwarz, former editor and now contributing editor, presented me with an antique brass mallet. He suggested that I reproduce it. I accepted his challenge, but only halfheartedly.
I played around with a SketchUp drawing of a mallet head, then sent it to my friend John Ostering at United Support Solutions so he could take a look and give me some pointers. Instead of evaluating the drawings, he put the team to work to make the very first prototype. It was awesome – and that swung me into full production mode. In my shop, I put the mallet to work so as to see what (if any) changes needed to be made. I came up with a few and when I visited John later in the year he handed me off to his lead guy and we worked the brass head into what it is today. Thanks John. Without your effort, this would have never happened.
With the new brass head in hand, I returned to work on an updated insert and handle design. Once complete, I produced a few new prototypes and asked fellow woodworkers to take a look and provide feedback. Feedback provided was excellent, and resulted in a better mallet. Now my mallet is ready to go. Tried and tested. I think you’ll find it exceptional.
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