This is a simple project that requires some router work and gives you a useful tool as an end product.
It requires 5 pieces to build.
The diam of the head is 4 3/4" long,3 1/2" high, and 2 1/4" wide. this requires 4 pieces
The handle it 13" long X 3/4" thick,and tapes from top to bottom 1 1/2"-1 5/16".
I made a jig so that when the head is built the hole will fit the taper of the handle.
While the head was glued up and waiting for the glue to dry, I made the template to route the contour of the handle.
When the head was ready I cut the face at a 5 degree angle and installed the handle from the top down and drove some wedges into the top of the handle. Then cut off the extra wedges flush to the top of the head and sand the handle flush.
I finished the mallet with a coat of sanding sealer, a coat of shellac, and 2 coats of water based acrylic.