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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-10-2011 11:49 AM 3632 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!
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,

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 12:13 PM

a wonderful rebirth.

Very interesting about the smoke choosing the handle.
And I had just received this daily message in my email:
  • “I know Grandpa told me that to smoke is wakan (holy). The smoke you inhale represents the spirits of everything you put into the pipe. When you breathe in the smoke, you are asking to become one with everything or to become whole.”—Dr. A.C. Ross (Enhanamani), LAKOTA

Isn’t it interesting that the message of the Smoke has appeared twice, today.

Again, I am honoured to have the hammer named after me :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 01:10 PM

Very nice :) Happy belated bday Debbie! :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#3 posted 03-10-2011 02:05 PM

Great job! I love your tool work mads! Happy Birthday MsDebbie!

-- Josh, Virginia ,

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#4 posted 03-10-2011 02:28 PM

we can all use a Lil Debbie every now n then…. nice gesture Mads. Oh, and Happy B-Day Debbie. many more wishes

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 03-10-2011 03:12 PM

Glad to see I am not the only one to build / construct something… get done… and say a few choice words because it simply isn’t right to me….lol.

Enjoyed the blog…

Ohh and ”Happy Birthday Ms Debbie!!!!!!!!!!”

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 03-10-2011 03:25 PM

I think the smoke’s wrong. I like the first handle MUCH better. The new one is way too husky for a delecate head like that hammer has. It almost looks like you could just leave the head off and get the same hammering power with the handle alone! And besides, if the hammer is french you want a little hoity-toity-fruffel handle.

Sorry, just my opinion…

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#7 posted 03-10-2011 04:00 PM

Mads- I cannot believe you went through the whole hammer rebuilding process TWICE. You must have really been pissed about something. :) So sorry I missed out on the heated discussion. Your little hammer is lovely as always. The patina on the new girl in town fits in nicely with the old boys. :) I would be beating myself in the head with the hammer if I tried to make one of those refits. Believe me, I have no patience for that kind of work. Good thing you do. ;)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#8 posted 03-10-2011 06:25 PM

That was a fun read. A good story with a happy ending. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 03-10-2011 06:50 PM

Helpful, well proportioned, friendly and with it’s own special personality. Yes, Ms Debbie is a good name for the hammer.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-10-2011 07:02 PM

not bad at all Mads :-)
and a fine name you have choosen

take care

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#11 posted 03-10-2011 07:27 PM

Hey Mads I liked all the pics. Good storyline too. I think you got the hang of this blog thing.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 03-10-2011 07:38 PM

lookin good Mads

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 08:29 PM

True, the suffering for beauty. What a wonderful little tool, ready to nudge a plane iron, I’m sure.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 03-10-2011 11:14 PM

Very enjoyable blog, brother Mads!. A humorous and humane story. I’m halfway inclined to agree with StumpyNubs but could only tell for sure once I hold the little hammer in my hand….not much chance of that in the foreseeable future….so I will go with your choice!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both MsDebbies!!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#15 posted 03-11-2011 02:58 AM


What a great little hammer, I am very much fond of french and spanish tools. It is small but full of character, and history now.


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