Bullet hammer (20mm) Madsen's peace hammer

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Project by mafe posted 11-19-2010 01:36 PM 10026 views 38 times favorited 75 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bullet hammer 20mm Madsen
War is not the answer…

Another one of my strange ideas!

One day some years ago I visit the local scrap yard, and in the brass container it looked like a war had been going on in Copenhagen, there were full of bullets… So I picked up a 20 mm big bastard, and read one of my nicknames was written on it ‘Madsen’, so of course I had to bring one home.
The other day I finally had an idea for a peaceful purpose.

An old table leg of palisander, found in the street and this bullet – and it became a wonderful little brass and wood wooden hand plane hammer (so I can tap gently but with a fair weight behind).

Hope it can be to inspiration, it might not end the wars, but it could mean a useful purpose for something useless

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 11-19-2010 01:49 PM

Nice SHOT Mad’s,
good recycling project.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 11-19-2010 02:00 PM

That’s a neat idea. Did you fill it with anything to add weight?

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#3 posted 11-19-2010 02:23 PM

Hi there,
Jamie, yes I had to do it right when I had only one shot!
Robert, no it was not needed the ‘bullet’ was quite massive at the lover part, so there were plenty of weight.
Best thoughts – and peace,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#4 posted 11-19-2010 02:35 PM

Very kool idea Mafe. You can always use a small “adjustment tool”.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 11-19-2010 02:45 PM

A creative way to use something that would be otherwise useless. BTW, that is not a bullet. It is a cartridge case, according to my Hunter Education instructor’s book. The bullet is what is in the end of the case and goes out the barrel when the powder is ignited.

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#6 posted 11-19-2010 03:28 PM

Very cool idea Mads! let me mess up and find a casing similar… I am so joining the “Mads Specialty Cool Tool” club…lol

Good stuff and thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 11-19-2010 03:59 PM

Cool project, and great song!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 11-19-2010 05:12 PM

Two warnings to those who might attempt this (particularly my Cajun friends):

1) Do not attempt to make one of these with a live shotgun shell.
2) If you ignore the first warning, don’t be leaning over your work when you strike the first blow.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 11-19-2010 05:34 PM

Wonderful recycling project, Mads.

“Mads Specialty Cool Tool” club …. lol …. I love it, so fitting and one day soon when I have more time to start making some of the club basics, I want to be a member…. lol

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#10 posted 11-19-2010 05:35 PM

A 20mm is .7874 which is 50% bigger than a 50 caliber MGB, so it would make a nice plane hammer on its own,
especially with that wooden end when you do not quite need all that authority. How did you fasten the
handle into the shell Mads? Once again a great tool from collected parts inventory, an excellent imagination
and a good craftsman. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 11-19-2010 05:50 PM

Very clever!!!
Looks great and functional.
Will have to keep an eye out for some shells.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 11-19-2010 06:13 PM

Hi guys,
Yes a special hammer it is… Happy to see it brings some smiles.
Jack, I guess it’s not so often we come across a 20 mm shell…
Gus, yes it’s quite heavy in it’s own. I made the wood end go all the way to the end of the shell, and then drilled a hole thhrough the shell and the wood inside. Made a hidden wedge in the shaft end, and filled some epoxy into the hole before joining, so I think it will stay.
Rick, yes I loved the recycling idea.
Charlie, I laugh, yes be sure the bullet is fired also, so the charginger will not go off when hammering on a little handplane…
Rob, yes I love that song.
Dan, I smile all over my foolish face: “Mads Specialty Cool Tool”.
H. Madaris, yes my English are not all perfect, but I think bullet was more ‘understandable’, smile.
Roger, yes and with a cool story, and a little smile.
Best thoughts,
and thank you all for the nice, funny and sweet comments,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 11-19-2010 06:53 PM

Definately a winner! I love that recycling idea of a freaking gun shell.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#14 posted 11-19-2010 06:59 PM

Lots of military surplus stores around. Maybe there.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#15 posted 11-19-2010 07:02 PM

hmmmm are you sure you and your fammelie are so freindly as you walk around and say
I know its a Mads Speciel
but it just hit me there was a lot more agressive thing called Madsen
wonder if it was one of your grandparrents that invented that weapon….........LOL

Dang it looks niiice……Beautyfull
well done Mads

take care

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