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.
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