How to Make a Plywood Mallet




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I'm going to make a mallet. Let's take a look at how to make it. First we glue the printable template onto the plywood board. You'll find in this link where you can download it for free.

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Step 1: Cutting Along the Lines

Using an inverted jigsaw, we cut along the lines.

I've tried to stick a simple design so that it's easy and affordable to make. Besides, this type of birchthe board is quite sturdy, so it can last for a long time!

Step 2: Sanding the Edges

Now we'll sand the edges on the belt sander. We'll reuse the leftover plywood to trace and cut the other two parts of the mallet.

Step 3: Rounding for Better Handle

Using a roundover router bit we'll round out these parts of the handle, and with the help of a router bit with a wider radius, we'll round out the mallet grip.

Step 4: Improve the Handle

We'll do the final steps by hand. Apply rasps and sandpaper to the handle, making it more comfortable to the touch.

Step 5: Glue the Three Pieces

Now that that's done, it's time to assemble the three pieces together with wood glue.

Step 6: Sanding the Differences Between the Pieces

Once they're dry, we'll sand the piece on the sanding drums with the help of a follower, which will even out any length differences between the pieces.

Step 7: Smooth Out the Edges

We'll also take the chance to smooth out the edges.

Step 8: Final Touch

We'll use sandpaper for the final touch, and then it's time to apply some varnish. And it's done!, we hoped you liked it.

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Reply 1 year ago

The one I made is holding up fine. It's not like you'd be driving nails with it. It's a mallet, meant to tap stuff not beat it into submission. ; )


3 years ago

Nice project! Easy diy tool making, always useful.

I think I remember seeing a similar project on here recently but the mallet was a deadblow... Maybe it wasn't on instructables cause I can't find it.

To make it deadblow, you could route or scrollsaw a cavity inside the middle (handle) piece and fill the hole with about 75% in volume of steel balls, that'd make it significantly less bouncy :)

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3 years ago

Nice 'able again sir. And a lovely mallet. I will make my next one.

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