Terms of the Trade: What Is a Mallet?

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This tool is a type of hammer with a much larger head than a typical claw or framing hammer. While mallet heads can be made from wood or lead, the usual DIY mallet has a head made of rubber (with a wood handle). With a softer impact than that from a metal headed hammer, rubber mallets are perfect for woodworking or forcing tight-fitting pieces together. (Or as a prop in a violent cartoon.)