How to Make a Wooden Hammer




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This is a great idea to make a wooden hammer that would be very effective in combat. It has a sturdy head, a sharp back for a stab attack, and spikes on both ends of the handle.

Step 1: Materials

You will need gorilla tape, a half inch thick wooden dowel(length to your liking), a wooden shim(found a home depot), and any multi-tool that has a saw and a knife.

Step 2: Carve the Dowel

this step is pretty easy if you have any experience with carving. Just sharpen both ends of the dowel to a point. There should be three types of dowel: birch, hardwood, and oak. I used birch, but for extra strength use hardwood. Oak is stronger but it is really hard to find one of the right thickness.

Step 3: Shaping the Head

Now you will need to shape the hammer head from a wooden shim. Shims are soft and easy to carve but if attached correctly they can really take a beating and do some serious damage. The head should be about 6 inches long with a sharp point on the skinny side and the hammer head as the thicker side.

Step 4: Attaching the Head

This is what it all comes down to. If attached correctly the hammer head will be super durable and strong. You should use thin strips of gorilla tape in a criss-cross method that wraps around diagonally.



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    10 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    i understand how this would be effective and its a good design. but i dont think any specific dowel is needed for i just grabbed a random branch from my yard and used that.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    cool instructable,  but you might as well just hit the guy with a base ball bat.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    If your going to be hitting any(thing/one) with this you need to make some changes.

    First, don't use anything less than a 1" oak dowel.  A standard 3 foot dowel, as a minimum, should be used to have enough leverage.

    Second, you want to get four to six 1" ID metal conduit couplings.

    Slide them over the dowel to reinforce it and keep it from splitting from the impact. If they're too tight, sand the dowel slightly until they fit. If they're too loose, place the coupling where you want it. Then apply a little CA adhesive and let wick under the coupling. 

    Third, when you have the head on the shaft, drill a pair of holes about 1/4" diameter through the head and the shaft. Then pin it to the shaft with metal pins driven into the holes.. 

    If I may suggest, a half-inch dowel is too thin for any serious use as a weapon, and would not give a good grip in any case.  A tool handle (such as that for an eye hoe, for example) would give much better results.  As for the head, may I suggest laminating a head out of red oak or possibly one of the heavy tropical hardwoods?  Yes, this would make it more expensive, and the work would require heavier-duty tools, but the results would be worth it, IMHO.  Thanks!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is a neat idea, but the instructable would be much better with actual photographs of what you did.

    Instead of tape, you might consider twine or leather thonging, to give the mallet a more "stone age" (wood age?) feel.

    3 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I like the idea of string, and even more so leather. And I dont have actual photos because my camera broke.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I have done it for your information. And ive actually made three different versions. It's just that my camera broke.