Ebony and Brass Hammer

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Project by woodcox posted 05-26-2016 08:45 PM 1256 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I machined this piece of brass from the guts of an air valve. It is about 3.5 oz and perfect to be a new hammer head. The handle is gaboon ebony finished with CA glue. Tenon has a sapele wedge to fit.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#1 posted 05-26-2016 08:49 PM

That hammer turned out really nice, good work.

-- Andy Smith

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#2 posted 05-26-2016 09:07 PM


-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 05-26-2016 09:11 PM

Whacker envy! That is one of the better ones I have seen on this site. Very nice

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#4 posted 05-26-2016 09:26 PM

Aww shux! Pigeon toed kick at the dust. Lol.
I don’t know if it has a name but the ornate tulip shape is old and fun to creep up on. A crack let it come off while in the rough. I saved it but lost an inch in length, devastating I know, and a 1/16 in dia at the grip. I would like to find a blank that is just jet black. I showed it in the sun to see the color and grain this had.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#5 posted 05-27-2016 05:50 AM

That’s really nice. Great shape on the head and handle. Is yours a general whacker or did you make it for something specific.
I’m just finishing my small hammer for adjusting plane irons and other small stuff. Yours has given me more motivation to get mine finished.
Great job.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#6 posted 05-27-2016 06:56 AM

I like it! Great vision on something that might have ended up in the trash.

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

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#7 posted 05-27-2016 07:26 AM

Thank you^^. No real use in mind yet, just the idea and the need to try the materials. I’ve seen a beautiful ebony gavel that reminded me of this one. My brother in law works with leather and it may see it’s way to him for a gift.

Here are some other hammers I have made. A few Goodell-pratt no. 93 reproductions, four ounce heads about 3/4” dia.
Here is the one i use to adjust planes. A mistake that got turned further into something useful. I’ve used the small end on my low angle block planes to avoid dings on the knuckle caps.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#8 posted 05-27-2016 03:55 PM

This is such a beautiful shop built tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#9 posted 05-27-2016 09:36 PM

Beautiful. Almost too nice to use.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#10 posted 05-27-2016 10:50 PM

Incredible work. You should be really proud of those hammers.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 05-28-2016 07:30 PM

Very, very nice. A nice addition to any shop.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#12 posted 05-29-2016 03:46 AM

Absolutely stunning!

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#13 posted 06-05-2016 02:49 PM

Wow, those are very handsome looking hammers. Gorgeous work!

-- Regards, Norm

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#14 posted 06-05-2016 09:35 PM

Meant for the original post: She’s a beauty!

-- Ben in Va

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