The Mallet From Pallets




This is a great project for those who want to make something cool, easy and useful in 30 mins or less. The cost of the materials for this project was essentially $0 if you don't count nails (which you probably already have). I actually made two of these. One I finished with raw linseed oil and the other one with nothing, just to see the difference. With the pallet wood you can get some really nice grain and patterns and my mallets have held up very nicely over weeks of intense use.

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Step 1: What You Need


  • Pallet Wood - pallets are literally everywhere if you live in the city. I get mine from the tennis club nearby but just ask stores near you if they have any pallets they are willing to give away.
  • Nails - I used annular ring nails that were about 1.5" long
  • Raw linseed oil (optional - I will show a comparison between using it and not using it later on)


  • An already existent hammer
  • Jigsaw - personally my preferred cutting tool for this project but other methods work as well
  • Something to sand with - I used a B&D sanding mouse
  • Pencil
  • C- Clamp 2"

Step 2: Cutting

Using your jigsaw cut out the following pieces:

  • Head Pieces 3 pieces that are 5" Long, don't tamper with width and height, but try to use the same piece of the pallet when making the three head pieces as it will mean you will get a consistent width and height
  • Handle 10" long, 1" wide, don't tamper too much with height but insure it is nearly the same as the head pieces

** Note: when I refer to heigh, length and width, I am referring to when the wood is lying flat on a horizontal surface, as pictured above

Step 3: Cutting Out a Place for the Handle

Trace out the portion of the handle that will be in the head. Make sure a small part of the handle is popping out of the top (like 0.5") because this is how it will be when everything is put together. Then cut out the hole for the handle.

Step 4: Put on the Handle

Sandwich the handle between the three layers of head pieces. You can either clamp this stack together or commence to the next step without the use of a clamp (like I did).

Step 5: Nail It

Each side will have three nails. On one side, nail the two bottom corners and the top center (the part going through the handle). Then flip the mallet around and nail the top two corners and the bottom center. This should keep it super sturdy.

Step 6: Sanding

My Black & Decker mouse with 180 grit sandpaper worked a charm on this mallet. Of course you can always hand sand as well.

Step 7: Finishes

While using raw linseed oil is a great option, you can also go with no finish. It is up to personal preference, so I am giving you a comparison to look at. On the left the mallet is unfinished, and on the right it is finished with raw linseed oil.

Step 8: Finished

You are all done, enjoy your new tool!

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9 Discussions


1 year ago

I made one of these mallets. Love it, super easy to make. Just don't make it out of pine. The one I made for myself and the one I made for my brother-in-law both cracked when I nailed them together. Good decoration piece when made with pine. Will be making some more with stronger wood.


3 years ago

Wow, Looks great! I have to make one, Thanks for sharing!


4 years ago

thanks for the idea. its simple so easy to made.


4 years ago

Just one more great use for pallets!! Wonderful job. I think that I'll be making one of these soon. Thanks for the great ible


4 years ago on Introduction

I would recommend some glue in there. The nails alone won't resist pulling if you hit the face at an angle to the side. Great idea and well documented 'ible!

2 replies

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

This thing is really sturdy and I have been using them very heavily lately and not noticed them falling apart. The annular ring nails make sure they don't pull out. Glad you liked it.


Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Annular ring nails. That's the ticket. They have to be cut out since they tend to destroy the wood when pulled (and that takes a lot of force). I must have missed that part in your 'ible.


4 years ago

Looks good