Every now and then, the big projects get old. I really dig the project diversity that comes with custom carpentry/woodworking work, and I'll always be a person that gravitates towards big challenges, big ideas, big projects, etc., but the big jobs...sometimes it's kinda nice to step back and do something totally different, just for fun.
It seems like in the last bunch of YouTube videos I'd watched - I subscribe to a lot of woodworker/maker channels - there was always somebody beating on something with a wooden mallet. Granted, there aren't a whole lot of reclaimed wood folks on the YouTube, so a lot of the channels I subscribe to are far more traditional in terms of the woodworking projects and, as such, a lot of the techniques are far more traditional and by-the-book. Additionally, a lot of the guys whose channels I subscribe to, they've been at the YouTube thing for years and years and years, have built up quite a following, and either via sponsorship or ad revenue, have been able to acquire some pretty nice ($$$$) woodworking tools.
If a person owns a wide variety of $300 wood-handled chisels, they generally don't want to go banging on them with a $25 steel hammer. Maybe more importantly, if one needs a giant framing hammer to do chisel work, one's chisel either needs to be sharpened (substantially), or one needs to learn a little more about how to use a chisel.
On the other hand, if one's chisels are rubber/metal handled, I see absolutely nothing wrong with tapping on a chisel with a rubber mallet, or ball peen hammer, or something like that.
Regardless...back to the big projects. I've done a bunch lately, and there are some on the horizon. I had some time to kill over the weekend, and a quick, small project seemed like it might be a decent thing to tackle to get out of the big project rut. I had a couple short chunks of a reclaimed oak barn beam sitting in the shop - not big enough to really do much with - and after seeing all the YouTube vids with guys swinging their wooden mallets, I figured I'd take a stab at making one for myself.
There's a video on my YouTube channel you can check out if you want to see the build, but in the meantime...here are some pics.
Here's the video: