Make a stout woodworking mallet with an oversize head. You'll use it for any number of tasks, from cleaning out a mortise or chopping dovetails to delicate detail work. It is a great exercise in handwork, involving careful layout, sawing, planing, and precise joinery cuts. The reward is a mallet custom-fit to your grip, and the pleasure of having built an elegant tool that will see years of use.

From Fine Woodworking #230