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$2 Mallet Kelso WA

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
(360)578-1030
580 Seventh Avenue
Longview, WA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Three Rivers Mall
(360) 575-6004
341 Three Rivers Dr
Kelso, WA
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-20
Tue:10-20
Wed:10-20
Thu:10-20
Fri:10-20
Sat:10-19
Sun:11-18
Store Features
Mon:10-20
Tue:10-20
Wed:10-20
Thu:10-20
Fri:10-20
Sat:10-19
Sun:11-18

Lowe's of Longview, WA
360-577-7060
2850 Ocean Beach Highway Longview, WA, 98632
Longview, WA
 
Longview Ace Hardware
(360) 501-6001
600 Triangle Mall
Longview, WA
 
Woodland Ace Hardware
(360) 225-6526
1325 Lewis River Rd
Woodland, WA
 
Kelso True Value Hardware
(360) 636-3300
300 Oak St
Kelso, WA
 
Lowe's
(360) 577-7060
2850 Ocean Beach Highway
Longview, WA
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 7 am - 9 pm

Bobs True Value Hdwe
(360) 425-3870
1111 Hudson St
Longview, WA
 
Rainier True Value
(503) 556-3171
102 A Street West
Rainier, OR
 
Dahlgren's Do it Best Building
(503) 397-0086
58351 Columbia River Hwy
St Helens, OR
 

$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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