Make or Buy a Joiner’s Wood Mallet Mallet (for striking chisels)
There are several wood 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 wood chisels. A wood mallet 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.
A Joiner’s wood mallet should be made out of a hard wood like oak, maple, etc. Roy Underhill showed how to make a joiner’s wood 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 wood mallet yet, and you just want to get started woodworking, then here is a good wood mallet that you can purchase, which students use in my school:
This wood 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.