Make a carpenters mallet to knock wooden pieces together and drive dowels or chisels.
Step 1: Handle
Cut a piece of stock for the handle.
Step 2: Bevel
Cut the handle so that one end is 1.5" wide and the other is 1" wide. Tack a 0.25" piece of scrap to the side of the handle to make the first angle cut. Place a 0.5" piece of scrap to the side to make the second angle cut.
Step 3: Head
Cut pieces for the head of the mallet.
Step 4: Glue
Glue the head pieces together, clamp and remove the handle.
Step 5: Router
Round the corners of the handle with a router.
Step 6: Head Angle
Cut the head at a slight angle to match that of the handle.
Step 7: Sand
Give all the parts a light sanding.
Step 8: Finish
Apply a few coats of Danish oil.