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Woodworking Mallet

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Travis Lucia

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Travis Lucia

General Information

A traditional style woodworking mallet is a great addition to any shop! This project allows you to quickly carve and customize your own personal woodworking mallet.

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Material Description Price
Cherry Wood

Cherry Wood (×2)

6" × 12" × 1/2" Cherry Wood


Hard Maple

Hard Maple (×2)

6" × 12" × 1/2" Hard Maple


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Materials and Tools

1 minute


-1/2" Hardwood (I used hard maple and cherry, both are available from inventables)

-Wood glue (Tightbond 2 is my preference)

-Finish (Finish is optional but will greatly enhance the look of your finished product, I used spray on polyurethane)


Bandsaw (Optional)
Random Orbit Sander


Open the Project in Easel

5 minutes

Open the project in easel and customize it to your liking with your initials or a simple design!

Set up your material and secure it tightly to the wasteboard.



60 minutes

I used an 1/8" 2 flute straight bit from bosch.



2 minutes

Layout your pieces, clamps and get your glue ready. It helps to have a silicone glue brush for spreading the glue around the pieces evenly but this can be achieved using your finger or a paint brush.



5 minutes

Add glue to the faces that will be joined together spreading it out to ensure total coverage of all surfaces.



3 minutes

Quickly add clamps to your glued mallet, the more clamps the better! Check the surfaces when tightening clamps to ensure things are staying even and flush.


Bandsaw (optional)

5 minutes

If you have a bandsaw and your pieces shifted slightly the bandsaw can be an excellent option for cleaning up and making faces perfectly even.


Shaping and Sanding

15 minutes

Shaping the handle, smoothing edges and faces as well as adding a customized feel can all be accomplished using a random orbit sander a clamp and a low grit sanding paper.



Finish is an optional step but will greatly enhance the look of your finished product as well as add life to the tool. I used 3 coats of a simple and quick spray on polyurethane sanding between coats with 320 grit sandpaper.

Johnathan Branson
A good idea on this might be to add some dowel holes and that would make alignment in glue up a little easier. Think ill try that when i cut this one
Johnathan Branson