Purpleheart with Hard Maple Joiner’s Mallet


One of the most frequently used tools in my shop is a joiner’s mallet. I use one for finesse work such as tapping chisels and carving tools, as well as more blunt force actions like banging a carcass together or forcing a panel flat during glue-up. Every woodworker or handyman needs a good strong mallet. They’re really not that hard to make either. All I used was a piece of Purpleheart and a block of Hard Maple.

Finish: Danish Oil

Berrie van den Hoofdakker
Wijchen, The Netherlands

Woodworking matters. It's more than a hobby—being a woodworker means that you know the satisfaction and pride that comes from using your hands and mind to build beautiful, functional objects and that you're as interested in the process as the outcome. Amid the speed and chaos of the modern world, woodworking gives us a place where we can slow down, pay attention and take the time to do things right.