I will shed more light on the parts of an
English mallet infilled with lignum vitae that serves as the two
striking surfaces. This is for those of you who have expressed
interest in making one.
This photo illustrates the four parts, two LV
the gunmetal casting, and the handle.
First, this tool is not one that you will be
making in one afternoon due to the precise way it is assembled
and locked together. Please be aware that the gunmetal sleeve is
slightly tapered from top to bottom so that the two pieces of
lignum vitae enter in only one direction.
This is the way the inserts fit on the handle
inside the casting.
Also, be aware that
the two pieces of lignum are each slightly tapered and form
opposing wedges in the gunmetal casting. When the two pieces of
lignum vitae are inserted into the casting and tapped into
place, they fill the cavity exactly, just like the infill of a
plane forms a very snug fit in its bed.
Overall length of the inserts.
Then, be cognizant that
the handle hole in the front of the casting is slightly bigger
than the rear handle hole. The handle holes through the lignum
vitae inserts create a uniform taper to create an adze eye
through the assembled parts.
Overall width of the inserts.
When the two pieces of lignum are
exactly in place and match the holes in the casting, the handle
is inserted through the front hole in the casting and tapped
Thickness go the casting at the front handle
This locks the two pieces of lignum and the casting
together because the handle has tapered top, bottom, and sides.
When firmly driven into place the head is extremely tight on the