Plane Hammer

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Project by mnorusis posted 02-10-2010 06:15 AM 4546 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Continuing on with my current shop-made hand tools kick, I finished up my plane hammer. It has a Brass and African Blackwood head and Blackwood handle.

I choose a 5/8” hex Brass rod ( just to be a little different and thought that an octagon handle would go well with it, and it feels great. The Blackwood is pretty dense so the weight of it and the brass combined is pretty much perfect for my tastes (which is good since this is for me…about time!).

I have to say that I’m very please with how this turned out. It took 2 tries for the head but the shaping of the blackwood headpiece is perfect, they feel like one piece of material.

(BTW…if anyone has worked with Blackwood before, did it smell like licorice to you when cutting it?)

Now to finish up the 2 planes I’m working on…

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#1 posted 02-10-2010 06:24 AM

It dosen’t look that plane to me :-)) a great job.


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#2 posted 02-10-2010 07:17 AM

nice hammer

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 08:53 AM

Excellent job!! Thanks for the post I have one of these on my list.

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 09:45 AM

homemade is the best


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#5 posted 02-10-2010 03:01 PM

Very nice.

I have turned some african blackwood (see the last project I posted) and I don’t recall any particular aroma. b.t.w. Several woods do release a very pleasant aroma – lignum vitae smells wonderful when cut

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#6 posted 03-07-2010 11:09 PM

How did you form the octagonal handle?

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#7 posted 03-07-2010 11:18 PM

I started with a 1”x1” turning blank from Woodcraft. To turn a square into an octagon, you just need to cut off the corners of the square, but not all the way to the middle of the square.

So I set my tablesaw blade to 45 degrees and cut with the wood on the right side. I started with the fence in just a bit from 1” and made a few cuts until i had the correct amount of “corner” cut off. The just cut the other corners off.

Let me know if any of that doesn’t make sense.

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#8 posted 11-27-2010 04:10 AM

This is SWEET hammer
Sorry to notice it so late

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