Building a cool mallet in the forest

For the longest time, I require a mallet, and I finally took the time to build one, so I don’t need to use the regular hammer on my chisels. This was a particular project for me as I went into the forest to gather and build it. And If I remember it correctly, this was the first beautiful spring day of the year – a perfect moment for such an adventure!

I’ve found a suitable branch lying on the ground and started drilling a hole into it for the handle. Unfortunately, the battery on my drill dyed before I’ve finished the hole, but it was still long enough that I could proceed.

Searching for the correct branch to use.
Searching for the correct branch to use.
Started with drilling the hole.
Started with drilling the hole.
Cutting the branch for the handle.
Cutting the branch for the handle.

The next step was to search a branch for the handle, and cutting it to size. As my drill did not work anymore, I finished the mallet in my shop the day after. The first task was finishing the hole. Next, I sawed a vertical slot to the top of the handle, which allows me to insert a wedge and lock the mallet head into place.

The finsihed mallet.
The finsihed mallet.
Testing the mallet.
Testing the mallet.

The last step was to flatten the sides of the head with the disk sander. And as this is a rustic build no further sanding or finishing is needed!