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Project by crossfacecraddle posted 04-22-2014 03:43 AM 961 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been around the site for awhile but this is my first post. I had to change the picture size on my laptop before posting them so hopefully I did ok.

I was asked to make some awards for my sons high school wrestling team, Thor’s Hammer is the most coveted by the senior wrestlers on the varsity team. Before this year the winner would just get their name on a plaque. I had a lot of fun designing it and making it.

It is almost 2 feet long, to give you some scale. For the handle I used Ash and I then wrapped it with some 3/4” leather strapping. The top is Walnut, the hammer head and axe are both Hard Maple. I turned the parts on my lathe, and I hand carved the axe part. I used a mortise and tenon joint to attach the axe part to the walnut top and the hammer side is essentially a big dowel that fits into a hole I drilled into the walnut top. Many coats of lacquer were applied and then I buffed/rubbed it out to the sheen it is now.

The plaque/holder is red oak that I dyed before shooting it with lacquer.

-- The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein





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#1 posted 04-22-2014 12:06 PM

very cool, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 12:46 PM

Yes that is cool. The maple grain is awesome.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 01:04 PM

So is this going into the LJ’s mallet swap? =)

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crossfacecraddle

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 01:14 PM

Haha, sure, if you can pry it out of the hands of the wrestler who won it, lol. Thanks for the comments guys

-- The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein

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crossfacecraddle

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#5 posted 04-22-2014 01:22 PM

Dan, thanks for noticing that, it is my favorite part of the hammer. If I am looking for a small piece of wood with that kind of grain, I go to the part of the log where a branch had been sticking out. Usually below the branch is where you can find this figure.

-- The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 04-22-2014 02:09 PM

This will be a great conversation piece. Nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 04-22-2014 02:22 PM

I love it. Can you tell me how you attached the leather on the handle? I have a mallet that I was thinking about adding leather to, but I can’t figure out how to make it look nice. Yours looks great.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#8 posted 04-22-2014 04:17 PM

That’s extremely cool.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#9 posted 04-22-2014 06:52 PM

Sweet I dig it, great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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crossfacecraddle

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#10 posted 04-22-2014 08:21 PM

Benboy, I used contact cement. A couple coats on the handle and 3 on the back of the leather, it stuck very well. Thanks again to all for all the kind messages. I applied the lacquer before the leather, I masked off the handle area where the leather was going with blue painters tape. I removed the tape afterwards and cleaned the handle with some denatured alcohol.

-- The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein

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