Wood plane adjustment hammer

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Project by WoodWheeler posted 03-14-2017 01:04 AM 3471 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased a HNT Gordon Radius plane on Sunday and as this is my first wood body plane I realised I needed an appropriate adjustment hammer/mallet.

I made this brass and Walnut mallet on Monday and it works great.

Mallet weights 213g or approx 7.5oz.

Brass head milled and turned fron some hex stock. Walnut head piece turned on the metal lathe (don’t have a wood lathe) and fitted on a stainless threaded stud so is easily replaceable. Walnut handle quickly shaped by hand using a spokeshave and rounding done with a fine rasp.

Finish is just some cabinet makers wax.

Cheers, Dom.

-- Dom

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 02:40 AM

Mighty fine work Dom!

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 06:06 AM

Nice. Remind me of a chasing hammer

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 11:09 AM

That’s some sexy there! I would think it’s a bit “beefy” for planes but looks like a handy tool to have around in general. I’m curious how you attached the handle? I made 3 plane hammers a while back and used round wedged through tenons. The tenons were 3/8”. I ask because of those 3, the Walnut handle broke but the other 2 are holding up. It’s been bugging me because I sent that hammer off as a gift so I’m trying to figure out if it was just a bad spot in the wood, bad joinery or if Walnut just wasn’t a good selection? I’d be interested in any feedback you might have. Here’s the hammers I made if you’re interested:
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-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#4 posted 03-14-2017 04:38 PM


To pretty to use.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 03-14-2017 07:08 PM

It’s a nice shop built hammer. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 03-19-2017 05:45 AM

wonderful job

-- dsb

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#7 posted 06-13-2017 11:11 AM

Very Nice!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#8 posted 06-13-2017 01:37 PM

Beautiful tool. How do you like your new plane.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 06-15-2017 10:38 AM

Beautiful tool. How do you like your new plane.

- WayneC

Thanks Wayne,

The plane looks, feels and works great. However, I have to be honest and say that I haven’t carved a seat since I bought it so have only played with it a few times on scrap but not yet an actual project. Though after honing the blade it cut very well and takes nice smooth shavings so I don’t expect any issue and look forward to putting it to work on an actual project soon (along with a Claire Minhan travisher I picked up at the same time!).

-- Dom

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