A dead blow mallet built from the plans in ShopNotes #2. Both the handle and head are laminated beech and ‘makaa’, a Thai hardwood. Makaa is one of my favourite Thai woods. The rough boards are a very rich dark brown, almost red colour but freshly planed it’s quite light. I have no idea how long it takes for the colour to change, it will be interesting to find out.
Holes in the core of the head are packed full of fishing weights, they are loose but very full so the rattle is minimal. Finish is a couple of coats of teak oil followed by a buffing with a rag.