A Trio of Plane Hammers

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Project by HokieKen posted 02-13-2017 01:07 PM 943 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the Lumberjocks Surprise Toolswap, I recieved my very first wooden plane from LJ Mosquito. I didn’t have a hammer to tune it, mine were all either too big or too hard to to suit the task. So, I decided to make one. Well it turned out to be so much fun, I made two more :-)

All 3 hammers weigh in right around 4 ounces. The heads are made from 5/8” brass bar that I turned on my lathe. The wood face on the middle hammer is attached with a threaded stud so it’s replaceable. The other two are just epoxied onto a tenon turned into the brass.

I experimented with a little different geometries and handle styles. I think all 3 work just fine. It was fun just to put the pieces on the lathe and play around and see what resulted.

The first hammer has a walnut handle and purpleheart face. The second uses jatoba for both and the third has an oak handle with purpleheart face. I coated the faces with CA glue on the lathe to seal the grain and hopefully give some longevity to the parts. The handles are finished with BLO. All 3 handles are attached with wedged tenons that were filed/sanded flush to the top of the head as seen in the 5th picture.

The final picture shows the sweet little smoothing plane that Mosquito made for me that spawned this hammer-making journey. That plane is a sweet, sweet tool!

Thanks for looking, and comments and questions are always welcome!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#1 posted 02-13-2017 02:19 PM

Nice job Ken. They look really nice and I’m sure will work well with that plane!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 02-13-2017 02:34 PM

Very nice, Kenny.

I upgraded my plane hammer this weekend with a new handle and wooden face, but it’s still not near as nice as those.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 02-13-2017 09:37 PM

These are great shop built hammers. Nice work.

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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#5 posted 02-14-2017 02:58 AM

Just got my smaller brass rods in today. Hoping to do this one soon.

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#6 posted 02-14-2017 04:00 AM

Tools that you make always seem better than purchased ones do! You “hammered” it!

-- just rjR

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#7 posted 02-14-2017 05:03 AM

Nice work, love tools made in the shop!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 02-14-2017 10:12 AM

Thanks for the compliments guys!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 02-15-2017 06:25 PM

you said you turned these on the lathe would that be a metal lath or a wood lathe? if you used the wood lathe was the brass soft enough to use your wood chisels on?

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#10 posted 02-15-2017 06:44 PM

you said you turned these on the lathe would that be a metal lath or a wood lathe? if you used the wood lathe was the brass soft enough to use your wood chisels on?

- jenkins

Yes, I’ve turned brass several times on my wood lathe. I use HSS scrapers and gouges and parting tools. Just make sure they’re SHARP and cut your speed back. Keep your tool rest close and the tools well supported and you can work brass without issues.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 02-19-2017 02:16 AM

I like em

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

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