Mjolnir (Thor's Hammer)

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A friend of mine is a massive Thor fan boy, he wanted a mjolnir or hammer, but he wanted a fairly good one, he looked on the interweb but the price was over £400! So in steps me with my big mouth " I'll do you one mate, no problem", so that's what I did, true to my word I've just finished his hammer, and here's the instructable to show how I did it, if you so wish to take up the task yourself, hope you enjoy the process, I did, and I'm a bit gutted I don't get to keep it now!
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Step 1: Research

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There's a few different designs for this one, after a good scour on my phone for images and sizes I came up with these, not many sizes to go in so I guessed it was time to just get stuck in and see where I go, I had the basics in my noodle so I set about making the basic shape I wanted ( I went with the movie hammer in the end)

Step 2: Basic Build

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So the basic build was to look at the images and try work out sizes, I went with :- 6x6x9 inch for the rough size of the hammer without the handle, that comes later. I used some left over 18mm ply to make a box, with the size above in mind, the ends of the hammer are 1piece 18mm and 1piece 9mm screwed together to make the right size, them bandsawed to the angle to make the tapered ends,

Step 3: Failed Idea

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So the hammer has these engraving on the ends that I wanted to put in, my first thought was to cut the top and bottom slightly smaller, put in a piece and bondo round to make the recess, then use multiput stuff to make the engraving in. Long story short, disaster, the bondo didn't work as you can see. Hmmmmmm.............. Plan b!
jarikcbol6 days ago

Awesome build! reminds me of the decorative battle mace I built a friend of mine out of a block of cedar. Its all one piece, (save the rivets, which are plugs) thanks to careful work with the table saw and chisels.

matson23 (author)  jarikcbol6 days ago
That sir is beautiful! And all one piece! Wow! Awesome work!

And thank you for the kind words!
b-irwin1 month ago

Hey, nice job. I'm building my own hammer and I managed to cut myself with my chisel in the exact same place. Spooky huh?

matson23 (author)  b-irwin1 month ago
Haha that is spooky! It must be the way if the hammer, as someone else wrote on here, it's not a proper build till you've bled! So, welcome to the team! :)
azacks2 months ago
Dude that is absolutely amazing. Already got a couple of mates of mine who do wood working on the project. If you don't mind me asking would it be possible for you to give some more precise measurements, the pattern used for the corners, and what sort out paints used. Could you also give me an idea of how long the entire project took to do end to end. MAny thanks, Adam
matson23 (author)  azacks2 months ago
Right well this one was a while ago mate so I'm having to think here haha
The corners, as in the extra bits on the ends of the main hammer body they where cut at a 35 degree angle I think and 1/4 inch all round smaller than the main hammer, ( then the corners of that where hand sanded to Match the 33)
Paints, I used a standard gray primer I think then I sprayed it with a dull silver about 6-8 times but it didn't look right so I ended up using a paint for metal called hammeright ( smooth silver), I did 2 coats of that then I used a black household gloss ( satin) and painted that on then used a rag while it was still wet to take most of the black off again, it makes the silver more dull and metal like,
As for time is was a commissioned piece so I work on it as quickly as possible, I think every night for 2 weeks so about 35-45 hrs in total, but that's a guess!
I hope this helps you out, good luck and send a pic when your done!! :)
azacks matson232 months ago
Hey mate.
Thanks for the response. I'll keep you posted.
Thanks again.
Subdood3 months ago
matson23 (author) 5 months ago
Hello, all in all about £20, had a lot of the stuff to make it already, the wood was free from work, the paint and sprays I had already, the biggest cost was the leather jacket for a charity shop at £9 I think.
Numbuh1Nerd5 months ago
How much did it cost you to make this?
Ernext6 months ago
it's awesome! I can feel the Asgard power on it xD
blanthegenius6 months ago
Great detail. That gets my vote for the Halloween props comp.
thomas96666 months ago
That is bloody amazing if you don't mind me saying! Love the idea of it falling to earth as well :D
dozer7897 months ago
Hey!! Glad you won 1st place!! This was pretty cool!!
matson23 (author)  dozer7897 months ago
Thank you, I'm pretty stoked on winning 1st place too! There was so many great instructables in that comp I didn't think I'd do that well!
dozer789 matson237 months ago
This is so cool that I am glad that you won!!
samuelphua7 months ago
You are a gd handyworkman. Great job
poofrabbit7 months ago
Hey congratulations on being a finalist in the weekend projects contest! This is a fantastic project and you detail is out of this world! Good luck!
I should also add congratulations on being a finalists in the Concrete & Casting Contest! :) It really is such an awesome project!
matson23 (author)  poofrabbit7 months ago
Thank you so much! I honestly didn't know I was a finalist in the weekend contest! Haha that's fantastic! Thanks again poofrabbit! :)
Sadi7897 months ago
What kind of plastic did you use?
matson23 (author)  Sadi7897 months ago
Plastic?, the only plastic I used was to do the negative for the stencil for the hammer end detail, erm it was a scrap piece to be honest but I think it was 2mm think normal plastic like you find in a photo frame instead of glass, is that what you meant? Hope that helps
Sadi789 matson237 months ago
Yeah, that's what I was asking. Thanks!
Derpthetroll8 months ago
Ha ha! One of the paint cans says "Hammerite"
matson23 (author) 8 months ago
Gantman4eva, hello, no I wasn't worried about the handle snapping under the weight because the shaft was quite short, also it goes into the hammer and screws into the top, then it's only 12 or so inches from hammer too end, I think I used 1,1/2 inch, kinda like a thick sweeping brush handle, which are quite strong.
Gantman4eva8 months ago
What did you use for the handle and what diameter was it? Did you have any worries with the handle snapping with a 16 pound weight on the end of it?
bdempsey18 months ago
I always wanted to put a Tesla coil in one.
ianmcmill8 months ago
Nice paint job on the metal surface !!
matson23 (author) 8 months ago
Hey thanks man, your right about so many different sizes and shapes, I did the same as you and went with what fells right!
The Rambler8 months ago
Awesome. I did a flimsy prop version, but this, this is too cool. I ran into the same issue of trying to figure out the appropriate size. There are so many different verions that it makes it hard to get an exact size. In the end I based it around some measurments I found but mostly just went with what "felt" right for a guy my size.
This may be out of your budget but another great idea is put a magnetic metal inside and then create a pedestal with a fairly powerful electromagnet so that the only person who can pick it up is the one who has the remote or knows where the button is that turns off the electromagnet.... Then when your freinds try to pick it up they can't and you can easily just like the real Thor hammer
What would be cooler than that is.....
Since he made it out of wood and has a cavity inside would be to put an electromagnet inside it with a hidden switch on the handle.
And also along with it I also saw someone that made a replica with a portable tesla coil he designed embedded in it so it could generate 'lightning' coming from it!

I'd have to look for the link. I did bookmark it somewhere.
That is a cool idea!!
matson23 (author)  thomthebomb01128 months ago
Wow! That's a pretty sweet idea, like you say might be a bit out of my budget but I like it! Maybe next time and when I've got more cash that might be something I'd like to incorporate! :)
chrwei matson238 months ago
or, put a battery and electromagnet and hidden power switch inside the hammer so that it'll be "heavy" when set on anything metal
Bard8 months ago
I wonder if one could inverse the woodwork and turn it into a mold for the concrete?

looks great by the way
Klappstuhl8 months ago
Want to nit-pick on the missing details of the handle, but 1:1 movie accuracy wasn't the goal here, so good job with what you have done!
matson23 (author)  Klappstuhl8 months ago
Well like I said in the instructable, I could have done the detail on the handle, but it would have been to fragile with the small leather cut outs, and to do it with the tool I have would have been a nightmare, also my friend wanted it to function and not just sit on a mantle and gather dust, so I wanted it to be robust too, so yes like you say it's not 100% movie accurate,but that wasn't the goal, it was a mix from the movie, comics and other styles like in some of the pictures shown, and it functions great, it pleases him and me, and that's what counts!
If I had more tools to do the handle different I would for sure, but at this time that's the best I could do with what I have, and I'm happy with that, I think it looks great, cheers for looking anyway, I appreciate your input!
dobbo668 months ago
AmyCat59 I most certainly did! My boy couldn't believe it! :D

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