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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 https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/41472 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…..it 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.

Regards,
Hutch

-- Hutch





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woodbutcherbynight

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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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JD77

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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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hutchmp

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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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Doug

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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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Woodstock

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

From the above description cut & pasted:
“I favorited a project from Doug https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/41472 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:

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/414723 which is the actual link to Doug’s mallet.

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

-Woodstock
(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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swirt

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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, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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