Can't quite bear to throw away those small offcuts? Put
them to good use by making them into miniature mallet
key-ring ornaments. They make great gifts that everyone is sure
The shape and size of your miniature mallet can be
altered in any way; the only limiting factor is that
an area of the handle must be large enough to take a
hole for the key-ring hardware. I use a basic split ring,
and find that a 1/8" diameter hole is all that's
required. The choice of wood is also wide open, but
the close-grained varieties work best for miniatures.
If you're unsure, and you need some ideas, have a look
at the types of wood used for pen blanks. These can
also be a good source of materials if your offcuts bin
lets you down.
Pen blanks made from various exotic woods, such
as rosewood, padauk and purpleheart, to name a few.