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$2 Mallet Newberg OR

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
(503)925-8447
20260 SW Pacific Hwy
Sherwood, OR
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Woodcraft - Portland, OR
(503) 684-1428
12020 SW Main Street
Tigard, OR

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Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #17
(503) 672-7266
Beaverton Town Square Mall
Beaverton (Portland), OR

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R and K Woodworking Rare and Exotic Wood
(503) 330-1155
1913 D Street
Forest Grove, OR

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(503) 224-9924
1017 SW Morrison St P.O. Box 10461
Portland, OR

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The Home Depot
(503)693-9090
1950 SE Minter Bridge Rd
Hillsboro, OR
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(503)639-3500
14800 SW Sequoia Parkway
Tigard, OR
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(503)469-4242
4401 Southwest 110th Ave
Beaverton, OR
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(503)646-1525
13700 NW Science Pk Dr
Portland, OR
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

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(503) 477-6744
5315 NW St. Helens Rd.
Portland, OR

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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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