New handles

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Project by bandit571 posted 04-22-2011 06:43 AM 1618 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a couple hammer heads that needed new handles. Couldn’t find the right ones in a store. An old lathe chisel was trimmed down, by hand, into a new handle for the “Cobbler’s Hammer”. A block plane, a spokeshave, and even a chisel were used. The rubber mallet also needed a new handle. It’s old one was now in another hammer. An old wood dowel ( from a quilt rack that fell apart) was cut down, re-shaped, and fitted to the rubber head. Again, just a few hand tools were used. A belt from a belt sander was used to finish things up, and add a texture for better grip. Neither is designed for heavy hitting, so these lightweight handles will do just fine. The center hammer is a “normal 16 oz hammer, placed to so the sizes of the “new” hammers.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 07:17 AM

Wonderful!! Wonderful!! -sometimes “getting around to it” pays off, huh! -want to do my stack of handle-needing tools?

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 11:53 AM

Well done. You got the tools back to usefulness and recycled some material to boot. That reminds me of the stack of old chisels I have that are waiting for me to make new handles for them. They just keep following me home when I go to flea markets. Either that or they are multiplying.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 01:53 PM

So fine! Nothing like bringing new life to old tools.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 03:55 PM

If you change the handle and the head every once in a while, them old hammers will last forever.

Nice work!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#5 posted 04-23-2011 02:31 AM

I inheirited a hammer like the one on the left. What was the original purpose for a hammer like this. Does anyone out there know?

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#6 posted 04-23-2011 07:36 AM

It’s called a “Cobbler’s Hammer’. Used by shoemakers.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#7 posted 08-04-2011 04:45 AM

I did find a good use for that shoemaker’s hammer, it makes a darn good mallet for my mortise chisel. All the weight is in the head. Works real nice.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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