We had cut an oak when we were clearing for our garden, it was a good size for a mallet. First, A length of the trunk was cut with the bow saw, then another partial cut was made where the top of the handle would end.
The hatchet was used to start a split in the end of the oak section. The safest way to do this is to use the hatchet as a wedge, and strike the back of it with a piece of wood. You only need a crack that the edge of the dogwood wedge will fit in.
The dogwood wedges work well to split off the waste from around the handle. A froe would probably be better, I plan to make one soon.
After the biggest part of the waste was split off, the hatchet was again used trim more wood, and then the handle was shaped with a pocket knife.
The result is a useful mallet that will be used on larger projects.
-- Reid, Georgia, www.coferadams.com