If I had a hammer...

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Project by TroutGuy posted 01-17-2012 09:19 AM 2331 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finishing my Krenov smoother——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! :)

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 09:56 AM

Great idea!
And a elegant hammer.
That is the way to go, in true LJ style.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 01-17-2012 03:51 PM

Very, Very Nice! Looks like a high dollar custom job to me.

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 09:40 PM

Nice looking hammer good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 10:48 PM

Well made and tailored to it’s use. Great work!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 02:11 AM

That is a fine looking hammer. Good job!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 02:43 AM

smashing idea!!!good job.

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 01-18-2012 07:49 AM

Very nice use of materials!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#8 posted 05-08-2014 08:06 PM

I have made several of these after buying a really nice one on ebay.It was marked as a surgical hammer and the box said for orthopaedic surgery.I decided to have a go myself and ended up making several .I have made quite a few in wood also as well as a number of nice wooden gavels too.
Yours is truly wonderful and a great inspiration to me and no doubt many here also. I think I will try to make your design,I take it you just turned it on the lathe like wood? Have safe fun brother and again very well done. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 05-11-2014 08:51 PM

Thanks All. It is still serving me well.

Alistair, I roughed the head on a belt sander, in a ‘V’ block. Final shaping and sanding were done in the drill press, as I don’t own a lathe. :( It worked fine, but I must admit that it was messy.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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