I have been making my own mallets on a lathe for well over 30 years. I dont use any finish on them although a little wax would be nice.
Most of the time they are made of discarded 4x4 remnants. Most are treated and I wear a mask that I use for spraying lacquer.
The mallets get pretty beat up but they still last for years.
I also prefer pine mallets because they get pretty beat up and not damage the surface they are hammering.
I made two mallets. Large mallet was from a 10/4 x 12" piece of Bubinga that I had laying around for years. I glued up 2 pieces and turned it to about 4" in diameter at the head and sawed waste at the handle and turned it round. Small mallet is hickory and white oak. I glued up 3/4" pieces of each species first was hickory then white oak etc til I got to about 3" in diameter, Turned it like the previous mallet.
I considered leaving it unfinished but I have a small jar of thinned boiled linseed oil to use up. I decided to experiment and finish the handle with Pens Plus that I use for pens and other wood turning applications; Pens Plus is a friction finish made with a mix of walnut oil, shellac, and microcrystal wax (made by Doctor’s Woodshop). I applied boiled linseed oil to the head. I figured I’d get a two-tone look but both finishes look the same.
I used the mallet to check it out by disassembling a wooden stool to reuse the pieces. It got dented a bit.
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