Hammer Handle

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Project by RJS posted 09-01-2010 03:32 AM 1831 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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#1 posted 09-01-2010 04:14 AM

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.


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

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 04:19 AM

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

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 05:41 AM

Thumb and hammer both look good, Welcome!

-- Smitty

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 05:52 AM

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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#5 posted 09-01-2010 04:42 PM

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

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#6 posted 09-01-2010 05:54 PM

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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#7 posted 09-01-2010 08:53 PM

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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#8 posted 09-26-2010 04:15 AM

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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#9 posted 09-26-2010 04:23 AM

Ugh! Nice try :)

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

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