We all know a slide hammer is a great tool to have around the shop. The problem with the commercially made units are that they're expensive and not terribly versatile. I didn't want to buy 3 or 4 hammers for various purposes. So I set out to design a slide hammer that could do both light and heavy jobs, as well as have exchangeable tips so I could build different tools for the end.
Step 1: Gather Up the Pieces
I rummaged through my scrap metal pile and here are the parts I used to create the tool. There is a 1/2 inch smooth rod about 18" long, a large bolt, two nuts that fit on the bolt, a block of steel with a hole drilled through the center, and a large chunk of round stock. Missing are a few nuts and a bolt I use on the rod, you'll see in them in the next step. All pretty random pieces I suppose... not exactly the project you can run down to the hardware store and collect everything, so I do apologize for that. These are all pieces I've picked up along the way, it's more of the idea I wanted to share in this instructable.