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Project by HokieKen posted 06-19-2017 01:11 PM 1508 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry about the title, I just couldn’t resist…

For Father’s Day last year, I made my FIL a set of screwdrivers. He liked them so well and he is so hard to buy for that I decided to make it a tradition to make him tools each year. He doesn’t really need them but enjoys having them and knowing they were handmade just for him.

I wanted to keep with the same basic woods as last year. I found that Harbor Freight has a really good set of ball peen hammers with crappy plastic handles. So, I decided to get a set and re-handle some of them this year. I made the handles from Oak and used Walnut wedges for the tenons. I did 8, 16 and 24 oz hammers. A couple of the tenons were still left with small gaps around the edges so I mixed some epoxy with Walnut dust to fill in the cracks. Handles were turned on the lathe and then I finished shaping the handles and fitting the tenons with rasps and my spokeshave.

After I finished the handles, I wanted to put my maker’s mark but there wasn’t a good place. I also felt like they needed a holder of some sort. So I came up with this rack. I wasn’t thrilled with how it came out. I made it with only hand tools and my router plane didn’t get along with the cherry very well so there’s a few places of tearout. He was tickled with it though so that’s good enough. I used my laser to engrave a medallion with my maker’s mark and a second with his name and the occasion.

Thanks for looking. Comments and critiques always welcome. No need to beat up on my joinery on the rack though, I know it’s horrible! ;-)

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





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Notw

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#1 posted 06-19-2017 01:22 PM

Awesome job, i’m sure they were well received

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#2 posted 06-19-2017 01:25 PM

That’s a great gift. I like the idea of repurposing the hammers. What laser engraver do you use? That’s something I have plans for but am waiting until I have a good grip on what’s out there.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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OleGrump

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#3 posted 06-19-2017 01:27 PM

What’s there to beat up…? It looks GOOD, and hey, it was all about making the FIL something for Father’s Day. Great idea and great project!

-- OleGrump

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#4 posted 06-19-2017 01:33 PM

I really like how the tenons came out …also love the laser work…... for a better then professional look …...... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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HokieKen

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#5 posted 06-19-2017 01:51 PM

Thanks for the comments fellas!


That s a great gift. I like the idea of repurposing the hammers. What laser engraver do you use? That s something I have plans for but am waiting until I have a good grip on what s out there.

- RichTaylor

I got this laser on recommendation from another LJ. IIRC, I got it on sale at $40 so it’s well worth that. It will only do small things though – 1.5” square. The same company has a wide array of lasers though. They pretty much sell kits, don’t expect any tech support but they’re dirt cheap and the products are of good quality based on my experience and all the other LJs that I know of that have bought from them.

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

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#6 posted 06-19-2017 01:53 PM

That’s a nice hammer rack.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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GR8HUNTER

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#7 posted 06-19-2017 01:56 PM

Wondering how this 1 compares to the 1 madmark owns ??? I’m on the fence about these

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 06-19-2017 02:06 PM



Wondering how this 1 compares to the 1 madmark owns ??? I m on the fence about these

- GR8HUNTER

Same company but his is much bigger and has a more powerful laser. I think Dave (ki7hy) has the same one as MadMark. JayT has the one I have. You can spend anywhere from $40 to $4000 depending on what you want to do with it. I feel like the power on this one is plenty for me. I do wish it would do bigger area though like the one MadMark and Dave have. I’m pretty much limited to making medallions and inlaying them.

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

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#9 posted 06-19-2017 02:14 PM

Thanks Kenny. It looks like GearBest is the way to go. Amazing you got that for $40.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#10 posted 06-19-2017 02:22 PM



Thanks Kenny. It looks like GearBest is the way to go. Amazing you got that for $40.

- RichTaylor

Yeah, you just have to watch it because the price really fluctuates.

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

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#11 posted 06-19-2017 02:29 PM

Well done.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 06-19-2017 02:30 PM

Nice work Kenny. Who doesn’t love personalized hand tools and a place to hold them? :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#13 posted 06-19-2017 03:00 PM

Nice job Ken. That is one good looking set. Personalized too!

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

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#14 posted 06-19-2017 05:11 PM

If the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#15 posted 06-19-2017 05:54 PM

Great work Kenny, the personalization of the gift makes it more thoughtful, good show!

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