Picture of Pallet Mallet
I needed a wood mallet and kept forgetting to grab one at the store, so I made one. My buddy casey gave me some red oak pallets and they had been sitting in my woodshop (garage) for several months now. I figured I would try to make one from that wood.

Step 1: Preparing the wood

Picture of Preparing the wood
Remove any nails and thickness plane the boards. The board started at 1" thick by the time I was done the final thickness was 3/4 of an inch.

great post. fantastic looking mallet!

nancyjohns1 year ago

It all started when somebody needed a mallet to pound pallets

That's really cool!
The Valiant2 years ago
Great looking Hammer! I have some oak pallets sitting in my garage just waiting for a project like this - Thanks for the idea.
djokimaki2 years ago
I bet that would look really slick if you turned it dowels and all! Nice work Ivan!
perryb2 years ago
The only thing I disagree with is how useful those dowels are. I just made my mallet, and once you see it "live" you'll see that without the dowels, if you strike something hard, there is a lot of force trying to knock off the two outer layers of the mallet head. But yep, those dowels sure do add a lot of "cool" to the project. If I figure out how, I'll post pictures of my attempt at this project. Thanks!
The Rambler2 years ago
Nice work. Those dowels are definitely a great touch.
Morte_Moya2 years ago
I work with aluminum all day at work. Skinning monument signs. This would help a lot! Thanks for the idea!!!
l8nite2 years ago
that's a good looking hammer, here's one I made several years ago http://www.instructables.com/id/A-wooden-persuader-hammer/ in about 10 minutes, it gets left all over the place but it comes so in handy that I made 2 more this year using a broken fiberglass shovel handle for one and a scrap of closet pole for the other
yoyology2 years ago
If anyone ever asks, the answer to the question, "How many clamps do you need?" is always, "Just one more."
Tupulov yoyology2 years ago
AAAAAAHA-HA-HA-HA! How true. No matter how many I accumulate in my Cave I always seem to be just one short!
Tupulov2 years ago
Well done! This will be my project this coming weekend!
kz12 years ago
Very nice and simple. I think I might include the handle in the glue up, making sure to eliminate any play between handle and head bits. Great job on the one you built.
esemjay2 years ago
You know if you added "cringe" paint... you could make this look like thor's hammer. Kid's would love it...
VERY nice!
pfred22 years ago
I gave up trying to win a Tee shirt. Nice mallet you made. I've made a beetle myself out of pallet wood. Mine isn't nearly as fancy as yours is. I suppose I should try to make a bit nicer one someday. I like making tools and hammers are definitely one kind of tool that anyone can make.

I've posted an article to this site about a hammer I made:


Next I want to make a hammer with a phenolic head. Here is a picture of my crude wooden hammer made out of pallet wood.


Nothing fancy but it gets the job done. I use it when I am gluing projects up, sometimes when I am chiseling.