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Schnitzel mallet

Here is another Keifer inspired mallet – a schnitzel mallet. It’s not as nice as Keifer’s original, but I did one thing I believe Keifer did not, and that was to consult mama (in law), master schnitzeler, in the process. :-)

I’m not so happy with the teeth on the head of the mallet. I made a mockup first which came out awesome, but then I did something wrong while actually making it. I have an idea for the next one.

This was supposed to go with the cutting board I made my parents. I started it on a whim on Christmas day, hoping to finish that same day as I was traveling up to my folks the next day. However, after I got it glued up and trimmed, I ran my ring finger into the router while rounding the edges. That put a quick stop to the day’s activities. My wife wanted me to go to the emergency room but I said bah humbug and treated it myself with cayenne pepper and a bandaid. If you weren’t aware, cayenne pepper (or any ground red pepper like paprika) will help disinfect and cauterize like magic. It doesn’t even sting. By the next morning it was scabbed over and no sign of infection so off we went to grandma’s house, but without the mallet. I just got back today and finished it up toute de suite.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

Ouch! Glad you are ok. Beautiful mallet.

-- Jack

Nice job on the finger.
Good job on the mallet and happy schitzerling in the future.


-- Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Wow Brian! Glad you still have your finger.

The mallet looks good.
Thanks for tip on cayenne pepper.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

glad you are ok nice mallet

-- jim

Finger should be good as new in about 2 weeks. That was really a close call. I can’t imagine the damage if it caught my wedding ring. Respect your tools at all times! I probably should have been using a push stick on those operations in close quarters.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

She’s a beauty!

-- Steve Tow


That’s a very impressive mallet! That should be good for quite a few brownie points!


P.S. Do you accept Medicare assignment? That’s the best medical advice I’ve gotten all year! We pray your hand heals quickly.

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

I have insurance. I just hate going to the doctor.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

This is my mockup for the teeth. You can see how badly I mangled the ones on the mallet. I think I’ll slice the faces off and make new teeth on plates that I can glue on to the mallet head.

-- Losing fingers since 1969