How to Make a Tiny Hammer

"When all you have is a hammer everything around you looks like a nail" 

That may not be an exact quote, but something like that was what Abraham Maslow said back in the '60s, and if he's right, following this instructable you can go around bopping everything like a nail. Barring ants, you won't hurt a thing. Miniature hammers have a million uses, from building tiny houses, to giving to babies to make them look like giants. 

This instructable requires some previous knowledge and experience around lathes and milling machines, if you don't have that you can still enjoy the video and dream, dream of a day when you'll have your own machine shop. That's what I'm doing anyway.

Materials required:

Brass, or other metal of your choosing
Walnut wood. or other hardwood of your choosing
Varnish, preferably something durable, as you don't want it to wear down during use
Epoxy glue, to join the handle portion to the head

Tools required:

Milling machine (with endmills)
Sand paper, both coarse and fine grit
Polishing compound, I use Autosol Metal Polish
Brushes, for the varnish

Hope you enjoy the video!

You can also view a review of the hammer from the person who received it here:



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    10 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Wow that's a awesome little hammer :)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    AMAZING! I agree with the quote at the begining also, my dad at on point had a hammer that wasn't this small but was kindof small, and I banged everything with it


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Love your little hammer.

    For the readers that are unaware, the reason for having a brass hammer is that it will not make sparks when hitting steel. Also, it will not mushroom the heads of punches and chisels.

    I made one similar, but larger several years ago. I bought a piece of brass to make one hammer, but had a piece about 10" long left after I made the ball peen hammer, so I made two brass utility hammers. I keep the ball peen near my milling machine and use it daily. The other two are bigger seldom used, but do come in handy often. I added the claw hammer for perspective of size of the brass hammers.

    I turned it on an old well worn metal lathe with sloppy tolerances. I cannot complain though, since it was free. I made an error in drilling the hole for the handle 90º off, but don't tell anyone.

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    It's also good practice to have a brass or copper hammer around (or for that matter rubber or rawhide) when you're tapping things into alignment in a mill or a lathe. Rarely the sparks are the problem, but rather that you would mar the surface of whatever it is you're tapping.

    Looks like some cool hammers though, whatever get the works done is what's important, not whatever small errors you make along the way!


    5 years ago

    I want one, or possibly several! I'll have to wait until Santa brings me a machine shop.

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    Tell me about it! I've gotten hooked, and the machine shop I'm using is unfortunately not mine. Though, I have plans for the future, grand plans, with plenty of machine grease!

    Considering what I've seen people wear in their ears that's not too far fetched, though I fear they're still a bit on the heavy side for most people.


    That is a really wonderful little video and an even more impressive hammer! My only request is that you build a tiny house with that hammer.

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