I have wanted to make a mallet since my wife bought me a sweet set of Two Cherries Chisels for my birthday a couple years ago. Nobody wants to beat on the prize possession with a claw hammer. "can't you just buy a mallet?"...wife Some people geez. Anyway, I finally went through some shorts that have been piling up and dug out some walnut and uh.. the other wood. I used no plans and gave this no thought at all I just made it. Turns out using plans and thinking are good to do. Who knew? I like how it turned out but I ended up with a wooden sledge instead of a wooden mallet. I set it on the floor to take a pic and my wife's cat figured it was a gift for her or something but she makes a nice size reference.