In this INSTRUCTABLE I show how I restored a hammer handle. It's a chipping hammer I found in the grass one day. I don't know how long this gem laid there rotting but I scooped it up and gave it new life. Please keep viewing all steps to see how I did it...
Also, see the YouTube vid in this intro, above, to actually watch me make this beautiful hammer. I'll post the link below as well...
Step 1: CHOOSE HAMMER AND PREP
This should be a pretty quick project unless you're a hammer nerd and everything has to be perfect like a machine made it or something. I make everything by hand so there are a few flaws here and there. Plus I have tons of projects going at the same time and this is MY hammer so this is how I chose to restore it. : )
SO, as you can see in the pics, I chose this particular hammer that I found. The handle was made from a series of leather rings that I simply cut with a utility knife and pulled off with pliers.
Now the hammer handle was exposed, it is just a steel shaft, perfect for what happens in the next step!
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Step 2: CHOOSE THE HANDLE
You will now pick a wood to use for the new handle. I chose Walnut. I like Walnut...
I had some scrap walnut 1X4. Get a couple pieces long enough for the handle. Cut a channel out with a router, or use a chisel if you don't have a router. Important, the handle will be a certain width. Channel out HALF of that width on BOTH pieces of wood.
Add wood glue to the channels and surrounding area. Clamp the handle between both pieces of wood. Let the glue dry over night to be safe.
When the clamps are removed, you can shape the handle. I trimmed the extra wood off on my bandsaw then sanded the heck out of it until it was formed the way I wanted it.
See pics above or watch VIDEO in the intro, or last step.
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Step 3: FINISH AND ENJOY YOUR NEW HAMMER
LAST STEP. Now that the handle is formed and sanded and ready for action you will need to finish the surface with something. There are MANY choices!
I chose polyurethane. I brushed it onto the entire hammer and let it dry.
The hammer looks brand new and I love it!!!! A new hammer handle is easier than you thought!!!!
Again, check the video thumbnail above or click the link below to watch me in action!!