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Project by RJS posted 1458 days ago 1390 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Hammer handle was a piece of red oak saved from the firewood pile. The hammer head was given to me by Dad, he said that it was my grandfathers, as was the spokeshave. I used the spoke shave to whittle the wood down to size and shape. I coated the handle with 4 coats of Minwax Spar Urethane.

I know this project is not anywhere near the talent on LJ’s, but it is significant to me. I broke my thumb the first Monday in July. This is the first thing that I have accomplished since then. It felt SO GOOD to finally accomplish something!!

Hope you enjoy.

-- RJ





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clieb91

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#1 posted 1458 days ago

RJ, A belated welcome. This looks like a great project, very meaningful to have those old tools. I use several of my Grandfather’s tools and those of a few other people that I have looked up to over the years. It is great to have them helping me still.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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swirt

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#2 posted 1458 days ago

Nice work. Nice use of your hands, old tools and found wood.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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smitty22

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#3 posted 1458 days ago

Thumb and hammer both look good, Welcome!

-- Smitty

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RonPeters

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#4 posted 1458 days ago

Hey, that’s how they used to make ‘em back in the day! I’d be proud of it.

What did you use to hold the wood while shaving?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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WoodenFrog

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#5 posted 1457 days ago

Great Save of the wood! Great job on the hammer.
Nice Work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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RJS

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#6 posted 1457 days ago

Thank you all for the comments and welcomes. Ron – I Used a small bench vise, I would just shave half the handle and then turn it over. You can kind of see the vise in one of the pics.

-- RJ

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Div

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#7 posted 1457 days ago

I have a nice hammerhead just sitting on the shelf with a sad look on his face.This might just inspire me to do something about it! Thanks for posting.

By the way, that tool is actually called a drawknife.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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RJS

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#8 posted 1433 days ago

Sad update to the hammer handle, It broke the first time I hit something with it. I almost cried! What I think happened is that the grain of the wood was running the wrong way. The grain was running parallel to the striking face of the hammer. The next one I make will be running perpendicular. If that does not work, I will have to try a different kind of wood.

-- RJ

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Abbott

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#9 posted 1433 days ago

Ugh! Nice try :)

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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