Here is my “Mallet and Awl Marking Kit” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 17 of the AAW February 2023 “American Woodturner” Journal.
As I get older, I try to be more careful with my hands. I don’t want to develop arthritis, which could end my woodturning days. So I avoid the temptation of using my hands as a hammer. One example was when using an awl to make centered indents on spindle blanks. I now use a shopmade mallet to tap the awl instead of using my palm.
I cut the mallet out of a scrap of ash. It measures 91/2″ × 3″ × 2″ (24cm × 8cm × 5cm). I added holes to my mallet that hold an awl and a marker. This makes it into a one-stop center-marking kit. I use the marker to highlight the centered indents, which makes them easier to see when mounting work on the lathe between centers.