Ball Peen Hammer Restoration

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Project by Lemongrasspicker posted 06-12-2017 01:08 PM 2684 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The video is more how to make one than just showing the handle.

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I got a neat little ball pein hammer head over the weekend, no makers mark of any kind on it. I also got some nice pieces of padauk from the scrap bin and I wanted to put them to use.

The head when I got it

After removing the remnants of the old handle and wire wheeling the whole thing

With the handle made and some danish oil applied.

And as with all things, some humor to make your day complete. I always enjoy giving random names to boring everyday objects, makes life more fun.

One thing (you’ll see it if you watch the video) I do that for whatever reason I’ve not seen a ton of other woodworkers do is drill a relief cut at the bottom of the slot for the wedge. In some Japanese joinery this is done to relieve the stress on a joint if a wedge is being used to lock it in place. It does the same thing and does alot to prevent the handle from splitting when driving in the wedge.

It’s a nice weight for what I’ll be using it for, plus you can never have too many hammers.

Thanks for reading/watching!


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#1 posted 06-12-2017 09:37 PM

I’ve got a thing about collecting hammer heads and restoring them LOL. Anything from panel pin and shoe makers hammers to huge lump hammers. This post and video just made my day :)

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#2 posted 06-13-2017 12:13 AM

Nice restoration job!!

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

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