|Project by KellyS||posted 11-16-2009 07:44 PM||3601 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
I’ve been eyeballing those Glen Drake egg shaped chisel hammers for some time now. Knowing that I really didn’t have $60.00 to spend on one, I decided to make it myself. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty tickled with it. I started with just a scrap piece of brass i’ve had around the house for a couple of years. I drilled the handle hole in my 3-in-1 milling machine to accept a 3/4” handle. It took a little while as I’ve been doing more woodworking than metalworking as of late and I’m sort of rusty at it. Anyways, I managed to get a hole through the brass head and I used an oak dowel for the base of the hammer handle. I had a couple pieces of Marblewood lying around that I had tried to make a box out of and realized the hard way how miserably tough it is to work with. I laminated the two pieces I had together and then drilled a 3/4” hole through it to fashion up a nice handle and glued everything together using Gorilla Glue. I split the end of the oak with the bandsaw and used a piece of the Marblewood as a wedge. I used the band saw to rough out the egg shape I was looking for and then because I don’t have a wood lathe, I used an oscillating belt sander to shape it into a somewhat egg shape. It’s a little flat on the sides in some places, but it really fits my hand nicely, so I’ll just use what I got. I did chuck the handle up in my metal lathe and use some sandpaper to polish it with. I finished the end off with a brass plumbing fitting. Now, I just don’t know what finish I should use. I have a mixture of Beeswax and BLO that would look nice. I also have some Tung oil that would probably look good too. Maybe I’ll test some of the scraps and see how it looks and feels. I weighed it this morning at work. 2 pounds almost exactly. I hope it isn’t too heavy for chisel work. We’ll see. If it is, then I’m sure the wife would like it for something.
Oh yeah, Hats off to any of you guys or girls that have worked with this Marblewood sucessfully. I can tell you its not for beginners! It’s pretty, but I’ve never dealt with anything this tough before. If there’s tougher stuff out there, I don’t want anything to do with it.
And as an FYI, wear a facemask or respirator or something when dealing with this stuff. I should know better, but I didn’t. I can tell you it will make you feel like you have a chest cold if you don’t. Makes you feel really cruddy.
Thanks for looking
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