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Review by Andre posted 11-06-2018 08:58 PM 784 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Picture sort of tells the storey, have had this mallet for a few years but never used it as found it to large for any purposes I had. Went to give a holdfast a tap and, well look what happened?
Purchased a Wood is Good 12 oz. mallet a month ago and just by appearance and feel, can tell the difference.
Needless to say my future purchases of any Shop Fox product may be influenced?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.




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#1 posted 11-06-2018 09:13 PM

Hilarious! Thanks Andre. May be time to make one, eh?

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#2 posted 11-06-2018 09:26 PM

I would call them about this issue :<((((( never know maybe they send a new one to you :<))

still wondering why it is Hilarous ? ? ? ?

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 11-06-2018 09:55 PM



Hilarious! Thanks Andre. May be time to make one, eh?

- Jerry

LOL! Have made a few, even bought a hand made maple one long before I had a lathe, usually use a crown mallet I’ve had for 20 + years, this one happened to be handy!

Tony, the hillarious was the look on my face when it happened! Not sure I want a replacement from them?
Curious as to what species of wood it is, orange color and very light, Elm maybe?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 11-07-2018 12:04 AM

Man, that looks like it was made out of Balsa wood.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#5 posted 11-07-2018 12:10 AM

That seems like too light a tool to drive holdfasts. I use a dead blow.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 11-07-2018 12:15 AM



Man, that looks like it was made out of Balsa wood.

- Mainiac Matt

About the same wieght? Maybe Basswood? I grabbed a piece of Torrifed Maple that our Lee Valley had in a clearance bin, might just drill out the head and make a new handle from it.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 11-07-2018 12:22 AM



That seems like too light a tool to drive holdfasts. I use a dead blow.

- theoldfart

I have a set of Gammercy holdfast, and dosn’t take alot to set them?
Maybe this cold dry air dehydrated the wood?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 11-07-2018 12:34 AM

That is awful. Can you drill thru it an put a new handle on it?

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#9 posted 11-07-2018 03:16 AM

I agree with the others, drill out the handle put a new one in and keep using it.

I think the lesson here it two part.

One you should have purchased a blue spruce tools mallet and now you have an excuse to do so!
Two don’t use a chisel mallet to set your hold fast

;-)

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#10 posted 11-07-2018 03:47 AM

Drill the both and put a right sizable dowel between them

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 11-07-2018 04:34 PM

Don’t know what to say…... Ask for a replacement.

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#12 posted 11-07-2018 05:15 PM

I think we should bear in mind that the defect here was in the wood and wasn’t so much an issue of workmanship. I know I’ve used pieces of wood I thought were solid and stable that bit me in the butt… Not saying it’s a great mallet or anything – have no experience with one – just sayin’ internal flaws in the wood could have been missed by any number of manufacturers or craftsmen.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 11-08-2018 12:33 AM

How about I send you a piece of my Red Ironbark timber to make a good handle from?

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 11-08-2018 11:46 AM



I think we should bear in mind that the defect here was in the wood and wasn t so much an issue of workmanship.

- HokieKen

I have looked at the picture and see no defect other than the wood broke where the handle went from a column to a sphere. This type of fracture is classic for such a sharp change in shape. This looks like a poor design to me. The pictures are not really good enough to see any defect.

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#15 posted 11-08-2018 11:54 PM

Apologies for poor Pic. I could not find any obvious defect in the wood?
Anyways, problem solved drilled out the head and turned a new handle
out some QS White Oak. Not very pretty but with a 1 3/8” insert, doubt it
snap anytime soon?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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