I'm always tapping on things in my workshop. Usually a ball peen is close by but will Mar or dent metal or wood. So I figure a good thing to have around is a Malley.
Step 1: Choosing the Lumber
This is a piece of black walnut that is from a fallen limb. It happens to be free but after playing with it the last few months it is one of my favorites now.
Step 2: Put It on the Lathe
this step is just about making it round. lots of saw dust
Step 3: Turning the Overall Shape
This is where I put my champher on the knocking end. Custom fit handle for my hand. And I like a heavy butt end that helps balance the overall weight
Step 4: Finito
Take the mallet off of the lathe, cut off the scrap and commence to beatin!!