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I was recently working on an antique pool table and came across this problem. I needed to hammer some wood pieces together however I did not want to damage the antique finish on the table. I didn't own a rubber mallet so I had to come up with my own.

Step 1: Items You Will Need

1. Tennis balls
2. Utility knife
3. Hammer

Step 2: Cut the Tennis Ball

Cut an X in the tennis ball approximately 2 inches long.

Step 3: Simple Mallet

Squeeze a the tennis ball and affix the hammer within the cross shaped hole.

Step 4: Hammer Away

The benefits of using this type of hammer is having the felt lining between the rubber and the mallet. Some rubber mallets leave scuff marks on your wood projects, potentially damaging antique wood finishes.
<p>genial muy buena idea , la bola de tenis va para el almacen de herramientas gracias le felicito</p>
<p>genial muy buena idea , la bola de tenis va para el almacen de herramientas gracias le felicito</p>
<p>Great idea! </p>
Great minds think alike...I did this very thing to work on my stone wall project.. Though, I eventually bought a $5 rubber mallet cause my dogs kept stealing the tennis ball!!
<p>This should be a &quot;WIN&quot; in many contests : it deserves it.</p><p>Simple, clever, easy.</p>
<p>I love these simple solutions that are obvious after the fact.</p>
<p>I just read your drill bit solution. Then this one. Do you play tennis? With all these handy tennis ball solutions you ought to buy stock in a tennis ball company. :-)</p>
Thanks, Tex, I will be posting other quick shortcuts to make work life easier .
great idea!! that just went into my arsenal!

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