Chris Schoenberg of the Third Coast Craftsman recently set out to recreate Abraham Lincoln's "impossible" mallet and captured the tricky but satisfying process in a detailed video for your viewing pleasure.
"Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln designed this way back in the day because he wanted to come up with a way to make a mallet that would never loosen or slide off the handle," Schoenberg explains. "The problem is that the tapered dovetails also make it impossible to put that mallet on the handle, so there's some trickery to it."
Without documentation of the fabled original, Schoenberg based his build on a rendition by woodworker Roy Underhill. Check it out below.