Sweet little MsDebbie – (Hammer)
re-handle and then again…
It sounds like an old classic ‘Sweet little MsDebbie’, and in a way it is.
Few days ago I was having an off day, so as so often I looked at LJ and ended in the midst of an argument there, so I followed the old lesson to count to a million or so before you reply (some people can learn from this, I’m one). So off to the workshop, since I was not so fine I needed a small thing, something that could be done quick and clean, so I decided to re-handle a old hammer that had only a stick for handle.
(I forgot to take a picture of the old stick, sorry).
Went for the late with a piece of wood.
A long thin handle was born.
Look at that sweet little hammer head!
It’s an old French tool.
So cutting the sides for shoulders.
Making two cuts down the end for wedges.
(At the table several thing are telling little stories).
Banging in the head (yes it should be a tight fit).
At this point it is important you listen to some sweet music, I choose Marvin Gay – Let’s get it on.
Here you can see a nice fit after the big bang.
Make some wedges, I like to use contrast color.
Some glue and some beating.
And here we go!
HMMMMMMMM ZGHJUKJLMKLMLÆÆJJHBGTFRWRFYUWXJNCWJKÆL DAM!!!
I really didn’t like this design, it did not at all suit this sweet little French hammerhead.
So time for a break now (perhaps one of those days where I should have stayed in bed)!!!
Back up, lunch and answer at LJ, here it seemed I was more in tune now, so some fellow LJ’s reply in a wonderful way after, and I think there were peace love and harmony.
I was ready to give it a new try, this time I listen to the head, not mine as before, this time to the anatomy of the little sweet hammerhead.
So I mounted a new piece of wood (this time dark and more volume).
Follow the heart MaFe! And I did, no image, no measures, just the heart.
And a new handle was born.
A few extra spin with sandpaper grid 120 – 1000.
Baby oil for the birth and beauty, ok now I get off subject, raw linseed oil it was.
After I spin it and continue with polishing compound and then a shine compound on a cloth.
And finish with a French antique wax, to give her a little patina.
(It’s the polish compound in the back left).
Cut off the extra.
We have to suffer for beauty.
At the drill press making holes into the wood.
Cleaning out the hammer head.
Re-handle and then again…
Look how the peace pipes smoke are pointing at the new handle, this must be a good sign!
(It was not done on purpose and I saw it only after when I was back up from the workshop).
Sanding for a good fit, and some sweet curves.
Test fit. Looking good!
Time for the treatment.
Sawing spurs for wedges.
In contrast wood!
Beating in the handle, while I focus on something else…
Wedges go in.
And here we are; Sweet little MsDebbie and an American guy.
Look how wonderful in the hand.
Be careful guys ‘there is a new girl in town’.
Back to the story:
Then after this half an hour or so, I came up, and found a wonderful mail from our LJ MsDebbieP, it was full of kindness and I had a big wonderful smile on my face after.
So what would be more natural than to call this wonderful little charming hammer; MsDebbie?
(I have double checked with her, and she said ok).
Just before I finish the blog I will take the chance to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY MsDebbie, since a fery whispered in my ear that this is today!
Hope it can be to some inspiration,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.