Picture of How to make a Hammer Handle!
Basic Metal Shop SBU: MTL103 at the TechShop
Basic Wood Shop SBU: WOD101 at the TechShop

• Hammer Head (this one is a French Cross Pein, hand forged out of tool steel!)
• Wood • approximately 1.5” x 2” x 12” (I used TulipWood mostly because I had it, but I would recommend Hickory for it’s strength and flexibility)
• Tung Oil
• Scrap steel (for wedge)
• Slow cure epoxy

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Step 1: Cut Material to Size with Band Saw

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• Use the band saw to cut your material a 1.5" x  2" x 12" block.
• Next draw the profile of the hammer handle and use the band saw rough out the shape.
This is a French pattern Blacksmiths hammer or forging hammer also known as the French locksmiths hammer. Good work, an odd shape for a hammer handle though.
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dipiazza (author) 2 years ago
It's a french cross pein hammer for forging semi-precious non-ferrous metals; it's not upside down.
Quick-tune2 years ago
Either wood or metal or even both are good as a wedge, even a steel tube/ring... the wedge should go across the head to spread the fibres into the recesses front and rear (if you look inside the head it is tapered at the top - when the head is the right way up), this stops the head flying off in use... and yes, why have you fitted the head upside down?
One question, I think i heard that metal wedges are bad to use compared to wooden ones. i am not certain only heard it from a couple sources
rimar20002 years ago
Nice work, but isn't upside down the head?