Introduction: New Handles for Two Hammers

About: I like to do crafts on the weekend :)

I have long had 2 hammer heads, without handles. It's time to repair them.


- hammer heads

- wooden blocks


- sandpaper

- saw

- planer

- files

- glue for wood

- wood varnish

Step 1: ​Hammer Head Cleaning

One hammer head was rusty, so I worked it with sandpaper.

Also in the hole for the handle hammer were hangnails. I used files to remove them.

Step 2: ​Hammer Handle Preparation

For the hammer handles I chose suitable wooden blocks in length and width. It is advisable to use hardwood, but for small hammers this is not critical.

A web search told me the standard length of the handle depending on the weight of the hammer head. For an ordinary hammer it’s 25-30 cm.

With the help of a saw, I cut the handles to the desired length. Then with a planer I trimmed them to the necessary oval shape. Then with sandpaper, I gradually reduced the top of the handle so that it fit into the hole in the head.

After that, I sawed the top of the handle to insert the wedge. The depth of cut is about half the height of the hammer head.

Step 3: ​Wedges

To better hold the head, the hammer handle at the top must be wedged.

The wedge slot is ready. Now I make a wedge.

From the same wooden block, I chopped off with a knife a triangular piece in cross section. Then with sandpaper, I reduced it to the right size: a little thicker than the slot in the handle.

Step 4: ​End of Work

Carefully insert the handles into the hammer heads. If it is tight (and it should be so), then you need to tap the base of the hammer handle on a hard surface. You cannot hit a metal head.

Carefully drive in wedges, trying not to break them. If it breaks, you have to make a new wedge.

After that, I poured the hole in the hammer head with wood glue. I wait until it dries.

It remains only to varnish.

The hammers are ready!

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