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Re-handling a Framing Hammer

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Blog entry by summerfi posted 295 days ago 1095 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This old framing hammer is in need of a new handle. I’ll make one out of the hickory board it’s lying on.

I’ve cut out the blank for the new handle.

Here I’ve laid out the exterior outline of the handle and the break points for each curve.

I’ve cut out the shape of two sides of the handle on the bandsaw.

I saved the cutouts and taped them back on so I have lines to cut out the other two sides.

Here is the blank after sawing has been completed and I’ve smoothed the saw cuts with my 9” disk sander. I’ve reestablished center lines on each side.

Now it’s time to finish shaping the handle. I’ll make it an octagon shape rather than round. Why? Because that’s how my granddad used to do it. I like doing things the traditional way, and I just think it looks neater. The octagon shape probably also helps keep the handle from turning in your hand. Here is a small handle my granddad made many years ago.

A spokeshave is a good tool to begin cutting the corners to form an octagon. I follow that up with rasps.

A file removes the marks left by the rasps, and a good sharp scraper removes the smaller marks left by the file. Finally, sandpaper finishes the job.

Now it’s time to fit the handle to the hammer head. Here we go slowly, removing just a little more material each time we insert the handle partially into the eye, and each time it goes a little further until it is completely in. This ensures a tight fit.

The handle is now on the hammer, and a coat of paste wax has been applied to the wood as a finish. I’ve also cleaned the head up on a wire wheel.

Notice the wedge that keeps the head from coming back off the handle.

Notice the chamfer on the end of the wooden handle. This helps keep the handle from chipping and splitting.

Now this old hammer is ready to go back to work!

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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 295 days ago

Good job. nice step-by-step write up.

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mafe

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#2 posted 294 days ago

Your favourite from this day on.
Lovely hammer.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 294 days ago

Good job, Bob! I like the way you did an octagon-shaped handle. I have a wooden-handled hammer that is my favorite, but it has the rounded handle. Thanks for the very clear write-up with pics.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Makarov

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#4 posted 294 days ago

Nice,you can’t buy them like that. Nice tutoriial

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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