hammer head back from the dead

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Project by maddawg308 posted 08-30-2011 06:33 PM 2049 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know it’s not much, but I’m new here, I have some basic wood tools but time, space and money are limited now being 18 months unemployed.

Anyways, found a $1 dollar lonely hammer head at the local flea market. It was broken off with the wood part still in it. I believe it was a bricklayer’s hammer in a previous life, no markings except for “7” on the side of the head. Replaced the handle with Western hickory, LONG handle I think it was for a rubber mallet. Some shaping of the handle to fit the steel hammer head and viola. Finished the handle with some maple stain and poly finish.

The head was rusty and covered in a thin coating of concrete, took a lot of Dremel sanding discs to remove. There was a little red paint originally under the concrete, so I repainted it with similar color lacquer I had laying around. Makes a nice little finishing hammer, I like the long length with a light head, much easier to do moulding or baseboards with this than a regular carpenter’s hammer.

-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"

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#1 posted 08-30-2011 06:55 PM

Looks like a good start to a good tool kit.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#2 posted 08-30-2011 06:57 PM

Thats a fine find, way to save! don’t drink to much sealent or you’ll need a tool to go to head!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 08-30-2011 08:08 PM

Very nice. I have been looking at old hammers on Ebay to try to bring them back to life.
How was the face of the hammer, did you regrind it flat?

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#4 posted 08-30-2011 08:19 PM

The face was flat, with a very slight bevel, I didn’t see the need to regrind it. Thanks for the comments!

-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"

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#5 posted 08-30-2011 11:53 PM

It is always nice to restore and old tool. You will get many years of use. They don’t make like they use too.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 08-31-2011 12:30 AM

This might end up as your favorite.
The tools we restore or make have a tendency to be better friends than the one we buy.
That is a good start to building a tool kit, and with that attetude you will be in buisnes soon.
Best thoughts,

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

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#7 posted 08-31-2011 03:38 AM

Paddyh. Don’t bother with ebay hammers. By the time you pay shipping, you have paid entirely too much. You can go to flea markets and pick up decent hammers with/without handles for under $5 pretty easy. Even if you fix them up nice, you can’t sell them for much of anything and it just isn’t worth buying one for $2 then spend $10 to ship it.


Nice job. Not sure about using a bricklayers hammer for carpentry, but if it works for you, very good. Ultimately, it is always the craftsman and not the tool that makes the project.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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