A Simple Plane Hammer

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Project by jeffgao posted 10-29-2018 03:16 AM 1847 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a simple plane hammer using some scrap wood I have and a brass flare cap from plumbing store.

Usually the plane hammers are made from a solid brass body with a wood face and wood handle. But I don’t have a brass stock nor do I want to take the trouble machining brass. So in the end this is what I made.

The brass cap is glued to the wood using epoxy. The mortise is chopped by hand. Handle is shaped by coping saw, spokeshave and file.

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#1 posted 10-29-2018 11:40 AM

pardon my ignorance for not knowing what a plane hammer is, but that is a nice piece of work. The spalted handle coupled with what appears to be a small burl is really an eye catcher

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 10-29-2018 01:01 PM

I didn’t realize there were hammers specifically for adjusting planes. Now that I think about it though makes sense. Yours looks to be the perfect size for the job. The wood combos you used look good together.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#3 posted 10-29-2018 01:03 PM

Very nice tapper! Plane hammers are fun builds and good ways to use up some small scraps of nice woods :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#4 posted 10-29-2018 04:59 PM

A very neat job you did in forming the parts, but especially the wedging for the handle.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#5 posted 10-30-2018 03:06 PM

You use the wood end for tightening the wedge and backing out the wedge on a wooden plan without damaging either of the parts. The brass end is used to tap the blade in for a deeper cut or to adjust the blade laterally, again without damaging the blade.

A steel hammer would dent the wood and peen the metal blade iron. The wood and brass ends are softer or comparable in hardness reducing the potential of damage. Some wooden planes ever have strike buttons to further reduce the damage to the plane body. They are not as easy to adjust for the new user, hence the advent of the metal plane

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#6 posted 11-04-2018 08:17 AM

Great job!

-- irtamos, Belgium

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