Brass hammer DIY plane hammer

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Brass hammer DIY plane hammer
When LN can make one, then I can also!

My friend Napoleon just got one of those Lie Nielsen brass hammers for plane adjustment, and this little hammer was so hot that I could not get it out of my mind.

So what do you do when you are 100$ short…
Make one of course!
So First some thinking, does it have to look like LN’s version – NO.
So what do I need?
A flat side, and a round, hmmmmmmm, Japan meets the west!

So the rest is just a piece of brass – time and patience on a supersander

1. Long pipe and long hammer.
2. The head.
3. The head on its way, and behind the piece of scrap brass it came from.
4. Sculpting.
5. Supersander and polish with a cord drill, and a plastic bucket as wac.
6. A piece of scrap wood becoming the handle.

I decided to do the handle all by hand also, so it was shaped on the supersander after I cut it on the table saw.

This might look difficult, but trust me it was not, it took app two hours, and now I have a wonderful unique brass hammer.

That’s it!

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps even some plane hammers,

Happy newyear to all of you.

Best thoughts,


-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 1332 days ago

Great job Mafe…and beyond my knowledge and skill level. Thanks for letting us ogle.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#2 posted 1332 days ago

good job mads :)
glad that you’re more to home made than home brought (hjemmebagt vs. hjemmebragt) :D
and happy new year my friend :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#3 posted 1332 days ago

I really like this style of hammer, it looks great!
What is the brass stock you started with??

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 1332 days ago

Nice one Mads

Great to see you being productive. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 1332 days ago

Now that is one handsome little hammer. Reminds me of the one my grand father used in his business as a watchmaker. An old blacksmith made him a little hammer out of a spring tooth harrow back before WWI. Wish I had it now, but it disappeared right after he died.

Can we expect a little brass hammer club now? lol Lead us on Brother Mafe.

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#6 posted 1332 days ago

a MAD hammer

from a MAD man

well done !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 1332 days ago

That’s a cool hammer!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 1332 days ago

you shuold have waited a copple more day´s before posting it
then it wuold have been easyer to get the 100 projects next year …..LOL

another niiiiiceeee hammer from you crazy Knight….LOL
a real drool – tool…....well you better clean it before use next time

I think I need a hole weekend in copenhagen just to realy see and enjoy all your small gadgets :-)

but please don´t start all those clubs so fast ….lol

thank´s for sharing another inspiring project with us
take care


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#9 posted 1332 days ago

Nice job I just happen to need a brass hammer .

-- Jeff,

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#10 posted 1332 days ago

I like the hammer. Me want one…..I can get brass from work maybe a big enough chunk.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#11 posted 1332 days ago

Hi there,
Dennis, I’m not planning on 100 next year, so do not worry. If I’m a knight it can be used to beat on my amour. I’m making things as they are needed, and since Div was kind to offer me wooden panes, and I have a few myself, a little brass hammer was in its place.
Ian, merci, I actually like it myself; I was satisfied when it was finished, and this is not so often, so I smile double today.
David, who?
lilredweldingrod, the club is up to you, it will be fun if others take up the challenge, since it’s the truth it was not hard at all.
Jamie, my Caroline are arriving in Copenhagen in two hours, so I had to be fast, now my tired body need a rest, so it’s fine.
twokidsnosleep, just normal brass rod, nothing fancy, a scrap piece Napoleon offered me one day.
Flemming, nice to see you, you are missed! Yes I do have a soft spot when it comes to challenge myself, and this was another one of those little once.
Geedubs, believe me you can if you want it’s just patience.
Jubiiiiiii – I’m sleeping in my Carolines arms tonight.
Best thoughts and a smile,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 1332 days ago

Mike and Jeff, go for it! Cant wait to see the results.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 1332 days ago

Mads- you slay me. LOLOLOL. I have to tell you though, when I first looked at the picture I thought you had made yourself a peace pipe – to smoke with your morning espresso I guess? Then I had to click on the picture of course and found a shiny new hammer, and not a peace pipe at all. ;)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#14 posted 1332 days ago

very nice hammer, unique.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 1332 days ago

Very nicely done little project Mads that reminds us that we can make quite a few of the tools we need. Brass is difficult to find here though. A small hammer with a wooden head filled with melted solder is not as nice as brass, but will also do the job.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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