Stubby Brass Machinist Hammer

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Project by SJWoodCreations posted 02-24-2018 06:19 PM 334 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife’s grandfather cast this brass hammer head as part a machining class he taught about 30 years ago. He’s been using it since then around his shop, but all this time without a handle!

He asked me to make a handle for it when he learned that I had bought a wood lathe, and I had a perfect chunk of red oak burl for the job. After turning the upper part, left it on the lathe and locked the spindle to shape the lower portion with planes and files. after filling one void with some epoxy, I gave it a nice sanding and put some oil on it.

I started sneaking up on the tenon fit, trying it every couple minutes until I could push the head down to the shoulder on the handle, then I added some epoxy and drove a steel wedge into a slot I cut on the bandsaw.

This was a quick, fun project, and I get a reminder just about every week about how much he likes it and uses it all the time. Thanks for looking!

-- Sam --- Tulsa, OK

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#1 posted 02-24-2018 06:25 PM

Nice work.

I like custom hammer handles. They fit the users hand better than the commercial ones do.

I have several wooden mallets around and use them hard. I make them out of hardwood branches, even the handles too. When they get too beat up they return to firewood; from which they came!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 02-24-2018 10:22 PM

It’s a very nice shop made 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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