Since leaving In style Woodworking in June 2011, I’ve
averted writing instrument opinions. In actual fact, I’ve been thrilled to
focus my consideration on different issues.
However I’m popping out of retirement momentarily to debate a instrument
that I’ve been ready years – sure, years – for: the Blue
I’ve been hoping that Dave Jeske at Blue Spruce would produce a
square-head joiner’s mallet after I fell in love with the
round-head mallet he started producing years in the past. Each his sq.
and spherical mallets have a maple head that has been infused with
acrylic. The method makes the instrument nigh indestructible. I’ve
made 1000’s and 1000’s of dovetails with the spherical
mallet, and it’s simply beginning to break in. A little bit.
I first bought wind of the sq. mallet after I was on the French
Oak Roubo Mission session in Barnesville, Ga., this summer season. One
of the opposite members had a prototype of this sq.
mallet. I instantly swiped it and commenced utilizing it to drive
residence my heavy-duty joints for the workbench I used to be constructing.
In the course of the ensuing months, Jeske refined the deal with a bit and
launched it at Woodworking in America. I snatched his ground
mannequin from his arms and gave him my bank card.
“Cost no matter you want,” I mentioned.
The joiner’s mallet is $115, which is a completely honest worth for
an American-made instrument that can by no means put on out. Barring you
utilizing it for blacksmithing or swatting burning squirrels, it
would be the final mallet you ever personal.
I now get to retire my ugly rubber dead-blow mallet, and I’m
going to discover a good residence for it. The dead-blow has served me
faithfully for a minimum of 15 years, however I’ve all the time disliked the
undeniable fact that it seems like an extruded billy membership.
Some technical particulars of the brand new square-head mallet: The Blue
Spruce Joiner’s Mallet is offered as a 24 ounce mallet. Mine got here
in at 25 ounces with the hickory deal with and leather-based hanging
thong. My Champagne CH-2 rubber dead-blow is 24 ounces.
One face of the Blue Spruce’s head is maple. The opposite is
lined in thick leather-based. This makes it ultimate for each chopping
and meeting/disassembly chores. And it seems 36 instances higher
than the black rubber clown hammer.
So when you want a great joiner’s mallet, I can’t suggest any
different instrument extra extremely. Thanks Dave for lastly producing this
You should buy the mallet by means of the Blue Spruce site
— Christopher Schwarz
P.S. Since I
swiped acquired my mallet, Jeske has
added a small brass liner to the outlet for the leather-based thong.
And he plans to introduce a lighter one (16 oz.) for $95. However
don’t be a wus. Purchase the massive one.