|Project by TroutGuy||posted 01-17-2012 09:19 AM||1724 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
After finishing my Krenov smoother—http://lumberjocks.com/projects/59657—it became immediately apparent that I needed a plane hammer. Not wanting to drop $50+ for a fancy brass one, I decided (in true LJ fashion) that I could make my own.
I considered making it out of brass, but in my initial setup of the plane, I discovered that brass leaves some nasty dings in the end. Then I remembered that I still had a nice piece of 1” Delrin rod left from another project. Perfect! A few minutes at the belt sander and drill press and I had the head.
The handle is a scrap of cherry, also left over from another project. I roughed it on the band saw and belt sander, and did the final shaping with rasps and sandpaper. A quick coat of tung oil and viola! I have a hammer!
It’s 12” long, and weighs in at a whopping (pun intended) 3.45 oz (that’s 97.8 g for you metric types). It works great, and IMHO it’s much better than a metal hammer for this use. I find it MUCH easier to hear the difference in sound when the wedge ‘hits home’, than with a metal hammer. It’s heavy enough to back the wedge out with a few sharp raps, but light enough to make tiny adjustments. I think I’ll keep it! :)
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