Step 5: finishing

I inserted the handle in to the head of the mallet and drove two more dowels in to the mallet head to secure the handle. After this I hand sanded the dowels and passed the complete mallet through the planer to trim the dowels perfectly smooth.  I did about 5 min of hand sanding to 600 grit. I finished the handle with three coats of Watco Danish oil.

I am going to make several more for friends of mine for Christmas who do wood working.  I even made a mallet with a round head.

Thanks for reading please vote. I want a Instructables t-shirt in a bad way.
<p>great post. fantastic looking mallet!</p>
<p>It all started when somebody needed a mallet to pound pallets</p>
That's really cool!
Great looking Hammer! I have some oak pallets sitting in my garage just waiting for a project like this - Thanks for the idea.
I bet that would look really slick if you turned it dowels and all! Nice work Ivan!
The only thing I disagree with is how useful those dowels are. I just made my mallet, and once you see it &quot;live&quot; 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 &quot;cool&quot; to the project. If I figure out how, I'll post pictures of my attempt at this project. Thanks!
Nice work. Those dowels are definitely a great touch.
I work with aluminum all day at work. Skinning monument signs. This would help a lot! Thanks for the idea!!!
that's a good looking hammer, here's one I made several years ago <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/A-wooden-persuader-hammer/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/A-wooden-persuader-hammer/</a> 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
If anyone ever asks, the answer to the question, &quot;How many clamps do you need?&quot; is always, &quot;Just one more.&quot;
AAAAAAHA-HA-HA-HA! How true. No matter how many I accumulate in my Cave I always seem to be just one short!
Well done! This will be my project this coming weekend!
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.
You know if you added &quot;cringe&quot; paint... you could make this look like thor's hammer. Kid's would love it...
VERY nice! <br>
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.<br> <br> I've posted an article to this site about a hammer I made:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Brass-Hammer-Build/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Brass-Hammer-Build/</a><br> <br> 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.<br> <br> <a href="http://i.imgur.com/oTCjy.jpg" rel="nofollow">http://i.imgur.com/oTCjy.jpg</a><br> <br> Nothing fancy but it gets the job done. I use it when I am gluing projects up, sometimes when I am chiseling.

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