Iron Pipe Hammers

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Project by hutchmp posted 10-20-2020 02:04 AM 1004 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I favorited a project from Doug and finally got around to making my own version of the iron pipe hammers. He has a video of the build on his project page (Thanks Doug).

I did 2 versions, a longer one for general beating around the shop and a shorter heavier one for chisel work.

Long One: 3/4” x 3/4” x 3/4” T, Hickory handle, Champaign Ipe Face (one side), Orange Agate Face (other side), weight is 413g or 14 3/4oz

Short Heavy One: 1” x 1”x 3/4” T, Maple & Walnut handle with 2 brass pins, Cocobolo face for both sides, weight is 775g or 1lb 11oz. I weighted this one with BBs in the center void of the T and snugged the handle right up to them so there was no dead blow effect. I also balanced out the weight by boring a hole in the bottom of the handle and melting lead solder into the base and covering it (kind of how we use to add weight to a Pinewood Derby car back in the day).

I always add a thick leather face piece on with contact glue to give a little grip and protect the wood face… looks cool too.

A couple of tips that I learned while building….if you use a lathe to turn the pieces, make sure you leave the end that you chucked up so you have a strong grab point for when you torque them into the threads. I cut it off the first one and had to grab the body of wood tearing it up with pliers even with a thick piece of leather protecting the wood. These are the measurements I found worked with the threaded ends so that you could get the wood started in the die-cut 3/4” – 24.50mm, 1” – 31.75mm. No need to epoxy them in, once threaded in and torqued, they won’t go anywhere including the handle.

Overall a neat project that is cheap because you can use small cutoffs. I will be very satisfied every time I use them knowing that I made them myself and my kids can have them someday.


-- Hutch

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#1 posted 10-20-2020 02:11 AM

Very nice!! Might have to make a couple and replace some I have.

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

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#2 posted 10-20-2020 11:47 AM

Nice. I see you couldn’t resist cleaning up the casting imperfections on the ends of the T. How did you darken the zink coating?

I’ve found that leaving a flat on the handles allows you to clamp the handle in a vise without damage and turn the T onto the tenon, rather than hold the t and drive in the handle. Also, tapering the tenon and soaking in a little mineral oil helps on those NTP threads. The face tenons I make a little smaller than the handle tenon since I want to be able to change them as they wear out.

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#3 posted 10-20-2020 02:26 PM

Good tips JD77, thanks. The only thing I did to the metal was put a coat of wax on it. They are black iron pipe style, the one photo I had showed a galvanized one but I didn’t like how it looked. Yes, I couldn’t resist cleaning up the castings with my Dremmel tool!

-- Hutch

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#4 posted 10-20-2020 02:56 PM

Your mallets look great! I really like the contrasting woods and the dark patina of the T fitting. This type of build is especially fun because it’s inexpensive. Thanks for the mention. :-)

-- Doug

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#5 posted 10-20-2020 10:55 PM

From the above description cut & pasted:
“I favorited a project from Doug and finally got around to making my own version of the iron pipe hammers. ” (Go ahead & try it.)

What you have listed takes you to: “Dresser Box for My Daughter” by OttoH

Again, per my previous P/M you want: which is the actual link to Doug’s mallet.

Add the missing “3” at the very end and you good.

(I also sufferer from acute late night “fat finger” get this published & move on deadline syndrome too.)

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#6 posted 10-21-2020 01:50 AM

Nice work. I like the extra thought you put into the smaller one to make it heavier and balanced.

-- Galootish log blog,

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