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    Shop built plane hammer

    Here's some photos of a the plane hammer I finished up last night.





    The 1" dia brass head weighs about 4 oz and is faced with a "plug" of end grain bubinga on one side. The end of the brass head with the bubinga has a 7/16" hole drilled in it. The bubinga plug was turned a bit over sized and featured a tenon on the back to match the hole in the brass. Then it was epoxied in place and the assembly turned smooth. The 3/8" dia hole for the handle was drilled with a milling machine and a "V" centering jig back when I cut the stock to length.

    The handle is hickory and is about 9" long. It was turned to shape and then shaped with a spoke shave, rasp, and sandpaper. The wedge in the handle is also hickory and was glued into a slot in the end of the handle after I installed the hammer head. The wedge really does a great job of making the hammer feel very solid.

    I signed my name using a wood burning pen (another useful relic from my wood turning days!) and the handle was given several coats of Danish oil.

    I tried it out on a coffin smoother and was very pleased with the feel. It allows me to adjust it a lot finer than the rubber/urethane hammer I was using before.



    Overall I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. I had a couple false starts when I first began this project but all in all it came out the way I wanted.

    Thanks for viewing!
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Looks like a nice project and a very useful tool. Good work Dom.

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    Very nice! It looks like you managed to get that coffin smoother tuned up.

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    Oh man Dom.

    you hammered it.

    Right on the button.
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    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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    Hey Dominic, where'd you get the brass head? Got any extra?

    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    Hey Dominic, where'd you get the brass head? Got any extra?

    Ken
    You can buy it from On-line Metals, but you probably have to buy a minimum of a foot so sharing with friends is a good idea. Or make a bunch of hammers and give them as gifts to woodworker friends.

    Mike

    [I have a tutorial on how to make those hammers on my website.]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Henderson View Post
    sharing with friends is a good idea
    Thanks Mike, I'm hoping Dominic wants to share with his friend Ken. I've seen your tutorial and it's a good one.

    Ken

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    Scrap piece from work

    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    Hey Dominic, where'd you get the brass head? Got any extra?

    Ken
    Ken,
    I wish I had a piece I could send you. But sadly, it ain't the case! The brass for this hammer came from a small piece of scrap from my job. I used pretty much all of it up on this one hammer.

    As Mike suggested, you can get some online pretty reasonably.
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Thanks for the compliments!

    Thanks for the compliments gang!
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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