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$2 Mallet Amherst MA

My favorite chisel whacker comes from my hardware store's plumbing department. It's two pieces of malleable black pipe (not cast iron), a nipple and a reducing coupler, wrapped with a bicycle inner tube for a comfortable grip.

The Home Depot
(413)587-2790
350 Russell Street
Hadley, MA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-7:00pm

Bad Dogs Burl Source
(413) 213-0248
26 Barton Ave
Belchertown, MA

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The Home Depot
(413)593-5400
655 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Amherst Farmers Supply
(413) 253-3436
320 South Pleasant St
Amherst, MA
 
Lowe's
(413) 588-0270
282 Russell Street
Hadley, MA
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M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Architectural Timber & Millwork
(413) 586-3045
49 Mount Warner Road P.O. Box 719
Hadley, MA

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Leon M Fiske Company, Inc. dba Forest Products Associates
(413) 772-6833
75 Oak Hill Rd.
Greenfield, MA

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The Home Depot
(413)773-9150
264 Mohawk Trail - Rt 2
Greenfield, MA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-7:00pm

Leader Home Centers
(413) 253-3411
150 College St
Amherst, MA
 
Leader Home Centers
(413) 665-8884
16 Elm St
South Deerfield, MA
 
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$2 Mallet

$2 Mallet

My favorite chisel whacker comes from my hardware store’s plumbing department. It’s two pieces of malleable black pipe (not cast iron), a nipple and a reducing coupler, wrapped with a bicycle inner tube for a comfortable grip. It costs $2, which is far less than the price of a turned wooden mallet, weighs 24 oz., which offers plenty of mass, and stands on its head when you’re done. My handle is stout. You might find 3/4-in.  pipe easier to hold.

I prefer a round- to a flat-headed mallet because I don’t have to hold it so precisely. An iron or brass mallet like this is fine for durable plastic-handled chisels, but I use a lighter-weight wooden mallet on wood-handled carving tools.

The reducing coupler doesn’t come with a smooth surface, however. To sand off the seams and lip, I put 60-grit sandpaper on my disc sander, threaded the coupler on the nipple to make a handle and rotated the coupler against the sanding disc. For the wrapping, I cut an old inner tube 24 in. long and tapered one end. I tucked this end under the wrapping to secure it.

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