If I had a hammer...

  • Advertise with us
Project by TroutGuy posted 918 days ago 1553 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...

9 comments so far

View mafe's profile (online now)


9435 posts in 1685 days

#1 posted 918 days ago

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.

View ratchet's profile


1283 posts in 2383 days

#2 posted 918 days ago

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

View a1Jim's profile


111999 posts in 2173 days

#3 posted 917 days ago

Nice looking hammer good job.

-- Custom furniture

View BTKS's profile


1967 posts in 2060 days

#4 posted 917 days ago

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

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

View jaykaypur's profile


3252 posts in 1004 days

#5 posted 917 days ago

That is a fine looking hammer. Good job!

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

View Howie's profile


2656 posts in 1519 days

#6 posted 917 days ago

smashing idea!!!good job.

-- Life is good.

View chopnhack's profile


368 posts in 990 days

#7 posted 917 days ago

Very nice use of materials!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

View SCOTSMAN's profile


5241 posts in 2181 days

#8 posted 75 days ago

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

View TroutGuy's profile


223 posts in 2308 days

#9 posted 72 days ago

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...

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase