Never-Again Hammer

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Project by jaykaypur posted 07-21-2014 09:43 PM 3449 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this out of spalted maple that was right on the edge of workability. Had it about 2/3 the way done—-sanding/shaping—-and it BLEW apart while I was using a file on it. I took a pic, closed the shop, and went inside for the night! LOL This morning, I glued it back together and finished it this afternoon and it turned out well. This hammer is very very fragile and is a show piece only. Will look nice hanging on my shop wall. Finished with wax only. This is the last spalted maple hammer I will make as it is just too tedious and nerve-wracking. Thanks for the looks and comments.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#1 posted 07-21-2014 09:57 PM

i man i would have cried…..gosh that is some beautiful wood….it will look great on your wall, what a tedious piece to make…your good…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 10:06 PM

looks really nice, now you gotta make a nice box to display it in. had the same thing happen to a plaque I was working on last night, couple hours into carving after getting all the scrolling down and it just broke like glass.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#3 posted 07-22-2014 12:55 AM

This is still beautiful work. I may have to honor myself and make one for the shop. Hope it turns out 1/2 as nice as yours.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 07-22-2014 01:14 AM

Nice save, just goes to show a blowout is not always final.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#5 posted 07-22-2014 01:57 AM

Love the wood. Great job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 07-22-2014 02:58 AM

Such a beautiful piece of wood and you try to make a beating stick out of it but in the end it will make a nice ornament and always remind you of the hard time it gave you .
Next time try making a hand plane out of that beautiful wood . LOL

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 07-22-2014 06:06 AM

Fantastic result just the same regardless of the glue job.

I made a similar item and a little friend snapped the claw off.

I just glued it back together again !

Thee is another LJ who had made heaps of wooden tools scissors etc, it may be Ohad Milner.

worth a check out for your next creation !!

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 07-22-2014 11:31 AM

It’ll look good hanging on the wall. A very nice piece o art

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 07-22-2014 11:47 AM

Ever thought about stabilizing the wood before you get into it? It would greatly reduce the fragility of the wood, and makes for a great finish. Pretty simple operation, but the size of the hammer would make for a good sized vacuum chamber.

-- They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

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#10 posted 07-22-2014 02:03 PM

Beautiful hammer. Now you need some wooden nails for it. :-) hahaha

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#11 posted 07-22-2014 05:54 PM

I thought the standard procedure when something is almost done and it breaks was to throw it across the shop…

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#12 posted 07-22-2014 09:27 PM

It’s ironic that a hammer would be so fragile, but it sure does look neat. Just don’t try to drive any 16 penny nails into hard maple. ;)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#13 posted 07-23-2014 12:49 PM

The standard procedure in my shop is to burn it. Love the hammer, and the wood used. That is one of my favorite maple patterns.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#14 posted 07-25-2014 03:06 AM

Naval training vocabulary would have kicked in if that had happened to me!

Beautiful Save!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 07-25-2014 02:14 PM

I have an Ironwood hammer that hung above my Father’s desk in a shadowbox built with walnut trim. Top left of pic below. It was one of his “treasures” and is now one of my prized possessions. I hope that this will become the same for your children.

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