With its massive square head, a woodworker's joinery mallet is light enough to control but heavy enough to deliver plenty of power where you need it. The joinery mallet’s broad, flat striking surface is ideal for driving chisels to chop joinery, especially when cutting across the grain for dovetails or mortises. It’s also great for project assembly and other shop tasks that require a firm rap or two. A mallet is easy to make with the tools and materials in your own shop. In Fundamentals, Phil Lowe shows you how.

From Fine Woodworking #189