How to Make a Hammer Handle!




Introduction: How to Make a Hammer Handle!

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• 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

• 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.

Step 2: Shaping

• Use the belt/disc sander to shape the general profile your handle.
• Use a hand rasp or file get into curves and to refine the shape.
• Use sandpaper to smooth the surface of the wood.

Step 3: Tung Oil

• Apply Tung Oil with a soft cloth to finish wood.

Step 4: Steel Wedge

• Find a scrap piece of the sheet steel and cut it down (using the metal band saw) to an appropriate wedge size.
• Use the bench grinder to shape the edge of the wedge.

Step 5: Attaching the Handle and the Hammer!

• Drive the wedge in with a mallet.
• Glue the wedge in place with a slow curing epoxy (slow curing epoxy causes the wood to expand and hold the hammer in place more securely).

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    5 Discussions

    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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    7 years ago on Introduction

    It's a french cross pein hammer for forging semi-precious non-ferrous metals; it's not upside down.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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