I have a 8/4 x8 in. x27 in. piece of hard maple and would like to make a mallet. It is flat sawn with the pith in the center of the piece. I am thinking I can rip the center and then face glue the halves together to get thick enough stock for a < 3 inch thick mallet head. Should I glue the halves together bark side to bark side or heart side to heart side? Should one piece be turned so that the pith is not aligned over the other pith? Does this make any sense? Years ago I had all the answers, my dad said so The mallet will be flat work, but could be turned, I have a lathe but no skill.