Plane adjusting hammer

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Project by kennethw posted 02-05-2010 11:19 AM 3478 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are usually made with a brass head, but the (unknown) wood used as the head is really, really dense and works just fine. I tried to find brass rod in a decent size and decided to go with what I had. As usual, all done with hand tools with the exception of the through mortise, which was done using a drill.

Cutting round tenons by hand without a dowel plate is interesting…

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#1 posted 02-05-2010 12:45 PM

Greetings Ken,
Looks like a gem!
Have always admired hand made tools. There is a certain quality about them—certainly true here with your current creation—that makes you want to use them, and all while working with these handsome hand tools there’s a good warm feeling. One tends to become more productive, more accurate.

Might you tell us the dimensions and weight?

Liked your recent marking knife and bevel gauge and love this persuader… an exquisite trio.

Keep going.


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#2 posted 02-05-2010 03:28 PM

Very nice.

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#3 posted 02-05-2010 04:55 PM

Nice it looks old school

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 05:13 AM

thats a nice mallet

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 07:24 AM

COOL I really like it!!!!!!
You might you tell us the dimensions and weight?

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 08:09 AM

Thanks everyone! :)

I just took its vitals. The handle is 7½” long. The head is 3” long and 1¼” wide/tall. It weighs 5.2 oz. I estimate that the head is 3 oz of that.

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 09:22 PM

a very fine sledgehammer :—))
like it well done


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#8 posted 03-07-2010 02:04 AM

I noticed the wedge runs with the grain of the hammer head. Was this intentional? The wedge should be applying pressure to the head in a manner that could lead to the head splitting apart. I was taught the wedge should be perpendicular to the long grain. Just food for thought, I really like the look and the wood is beautiful.

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#9 posted 03-07-2010 02:16 AM

Thanks kenn. It was only visually intentional. :) It is roughly perpendicular to the grain of the handle to reduce splitting, but I didn’t expect that this tiny wedge would have much of an effect on the very dense wood of the head. That doesn’t mean that I’m right! :)

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#10 posted 03-08-2010 06:15 AM

Sure, that makes sense. I guess that shows I really looked at it, huh? :) I need to make one for myself, that’s why I studied it so closely.

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#11 posted 08-29-2013 01:34 AM

Looks great. I like round head mallets over square. Just like the feel better.

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#12 posted 12-13-2017 06:58 PM

It’s a beautiful shop made tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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