A success of the DC-woodworking meet-up! I started the project in a flurry of activity at our meet-up and than tuned it up on my own. In the midst of a bunch of unfinished projects it was nice to get something done. It is also really nice to use a homemade mallet.
Originally I though to do sliding dovetails but I expedited the process by settling on a simple wedged-mortise. I hand cut the mortise with a chisel but used a band saw for the tenon. The head is cut at a 87 degree angle. The handle was shaped with a spokeshave – rather than shaping the shaft round I tried for pronounced faces. I elected to round the top of the head but keep the overall shape largely square. Any one have strong opinion on whether I should fasten leather to the striking face?
This is obviously a mallet for more delicate work. But hey – I still have a hickory mallet that looks like a face for rougher work.