A Mallet is a Must-Have
This one takes an afternoon to make, but years to wear out
Synopsis: 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
Some folks like to joke that the best tool for any job is a bigger hammer. A woodworker’s joinery mallet, with its massive square head, fits that description, but there’s more to it than that.
A well-designed mallet is light enough to control comfortably but heavy enough to deliver useful power…