|Project by Rick M||posted 12-08-2012 06:10 AM||1728 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
The old handle (last pic) on this ball peen hammer was cracked, and duct tape held for awhile but none of the local hardware (or big box) stores had one to fit. Whoever owned it before me couldn’t find a proper handle either and had whittled down some other type of handle to fit. The new handle is a mystery wood that I salvaged from a broken TV tray leg, possibly basswood, almost certainly a poor choice for a hammer handle but I didn’t have any hickory, ash or oak. My only other choices were walnut, mahogany, southern yellow pine, or American holly. If it breaks I’ll maker another from something sturdier. The handle was shaped with rasps and files, the tenon cut on my tablesaw and rounded with files. The wedge is a piece of walnut scrap I found in a pile of sawdust that was already the right shape. I buffed the hammer head with a wire wheel for good measure. Everything got a coat of linseed oil. One thing I’ve learned is that finishes like varnish cause blisters.
If anyone can identify the wood, please let me know.
Thanks to James Thompson whose has the best write up of handle making I found, link below.