Introduction: How to Make a Plywood Mallet

I'm going to make a mallet. Let's take a look at how to make it. First we glue the printable template onto the plywood board. You'll find in this link where you can download it for free.

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Step 1: Cutting Along the Lines

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Using an inverted jigsaw, we cut along the lines.

I've tried to stick a simple design so that it's easy and affordable to make. Besides, this type of birchthe board is quite sturdy, so it can last for a long time!

Step 2: Sanding the Edges

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Now we'll sand the edges on the belt sander. We'll reuse the leftover plywood to trace and cut the other two parts of the mallet.

Step 3: Rounding for Better Handle

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Using a roundover router bit we'll round out these parts of the handle, and with the help of a router bit with a wider radius, we'll round out the mallet grip.

Step 4: Improve the Handle

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We'll do the final steps by hand. Apply rasps and sandpaper to the handle, making it more comfortable to the touch.

Step 5: Glue the Three Pieces

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Now that that's done, it's time to assemble the three pieces together with wood glue.

Step 6: Sanding the Differences Between the Pieces

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Once they're dry, we'll sand the piece on the sanding drums with the help of a follower, which will even out any length differences between the pieces.

Step 7: Smooth Out the Edges

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We'll also take the chance to smooth out the edges.

Step 8: Final Touch

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We'll use sandpaper for the final touch, and then it's time to apply some varnish. And it's done!, we hoped you liked it.


JAC_1961 made it! (author)2016-09-20

Really liked the looks of your mallet, so I made one for myself. I had a small piece of mahogany that I resawed and laminated between the plywood. I also put 3 oak dowels thru the head mainly for looks, but also to prevent the plys from shearing. Thanks for the great plans.

Paoson Woodwork (author)JAC_19612016-09-21

It looks very professional! thanks for sharing

bigredlevy made it! (author)2016-09-19

Nice project, thanks for sharing. I altered the dimensions to suit the stock I had on hand.

it's amazing! It looks very professional...

deluges (author)2016-08-26

Nice project! Easy diy tool making, always useful.

I think I remember seeing a similar project on here recently but the mallet was a deadblow... Maybe it wasn't on instructables cause I can't find it.

To make it deadblow, you could route or scrollsaw a cavity inside the middle (handle) piece and fill the hole with about 75% in volume of steel balls, that'd make it significantly less bouncy :)

Paoson Woodwork (author)deluges2016-08-26

you're right, it is another way to do it, thank you!

HollyMann (author)2016-08-25

Looks very cool! :)

thank you so much!

mach1950 (author)2016-08-24

Nice 'able again sir. And a lovely mallet. I will make my next one.

Paoson Woodwork (author)mach19502016-08-25

thank you!

ClenseYourPallet (author)2016-08-24

Cool mallet and great instructions! Thanks

thank you so much!

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