Make or Buy a Wooden Joiner’s Mallet (for striking chisels)
There are several mallet styles for striking your chisels. A metal mallet or hammer should not be used to strike a chisel, unless you want to break the wooden handles of your chisels. Wooden mallets should be used to strike your chisels. Most traditional woodworkers correctly use a larger English-style “Joiner’s Mallet” for hitting their chisels, like the below maple joiner’s mallets that I made for my woodworking school.
Joiner’s mallets mallets should be made out of a hard wood like oak, maple, etc. Roy Underhill showed how to make a joiner’s mallet in his classic TV show, “The Woodwright’s Shop”. You can watch the episode below (click here if the video doesn’t load):
But if you don’t feel comfortable making a joiner’s mallet yet, and you just want to get started woodworking, then here is a good mallet that you can purchase, which students use in my school:
This mallet is very suitable for cutting dovetails and chopping mortises. It’s a good size for most people – not too large and not too small. You can purchase this Crown Beechwood Mallet on Amazon for under $30.