Koa inlaid Hammer rehandle

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Project by Tappar posted 01-17-2016 02:35 PM 1167 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sometimes you end up with your father’s tools, and you feel like you should return them in better shape than when you borrowed them 10+ years ago. To that end, let’s do a few upgrades to the ol’ Stanley.

I made this hammer handle and also a 5lb sledge out of the same piece of discarded Koa wood from a batch I found in Hawaii outside of a guys workshop. Check out the sister hammer here:

Originally I welded the tabs onto the hammer head for a screw through the handle, hence the holes. Eventually I decided screws would detract from the look and that the epoxy should be able to hold the head in place just fine on its own so I welded them shut.

I also went down a dead end of trying to copper plate the head. I got a good thick coating on it, however no matter how well I cleaned or scuffed the surface I couldn’t get it to really stick well. I wanted it to be usable, so a fragile surface finish wasn’t in the cards.


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#1 posted 01-17-2016 04:25 PM

Cool project, looks fantastic. Nothing like refurbing a tool and making it look way better than it did new.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 12:38 AM

Thanks :) I have such a hard time throwing anything away, because with way too much time you can make it awesome.

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