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    LEAD-HEADED MALLET FROM PLUMBING FITTINGS

    I needed a small but heavy soft-headed mallet for aligning work-pieces in the chuck or vise for turning or milling operations. I made a lead-headed mallet using capillary plumbing fittings as per the attached photo. I used 15 and 22 mm fittings, which gave me a small mallet that weighs 406 g (14.3 ounces). The design could be scaled up to 28 mm (or to whatever size plumbing fittings are available in your country of residence). When the head becomes deformed the lead head can be melted down and cast anew. Mine has been in use for some years and it has not been necessary yet to recycle the mallet. Refer to the attached PDF file for construction details.
    LEAD-HEADED MALLET FROM PLUMBING FITTINGS-mallet.jpg
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    Last edited by natie123; 05-23-2018 at 01:25 AM.

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    Great little hammer very simple and quick to make thanks
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    Excellent write up. Thanks for the PDF.

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    Great little mallet and pdf but I am left wondering what type of flux is used to solder wood to copper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby Duck View Post
    Great little mallet and pdf but I am left wondering what type of flux is used to solder wood to copper?
    Sorry Moby Duck, wood flux has been discontinued. Have amended attachment to obviate need therefor.

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    Thanks natie123! We've added your Lead Headed Mallet to our Hammers category,
    as well as to your builder page: natie123's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Thanks that looks great Going to buy the parts later.


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