Wood Hammer for Chisels/Wood

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Project by BuyoMasilla posted 02-05-2012 04:21 AM 3139 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing happens fast in my shop…....meaning, it takes me forever to do anything. One would think that the time spent would mean that quality and accurate projects were coming out. -fraid that’s not the case.

Recently I picked up a four pack of marples chisels for what I thought was a decent prize at HD. Since then I’ve read a few reviews here at LJ, and know they are not the best chisels. Nonetheless they are a significant upgrade from the even cheaper HF set I still have.

Given the new chisels, and the recently inherited small three wheel band saw, I had the perfect opportunity to make this laminated wood hammer/mallet. I know it’s no beauty, but I’ve built uglier. I found the project on a DVD of old “Fine Woodworking” magazines. Having some spare hickory I used some of it. This project looked really easy on paper but I managed to make it complicated. Hence the numerous flaws.

I applied some aging cherry stain that’s been in the garage for a long time and then sprayed four coats of lacker fininsh. This was followed by an application of wood wax.

Thanks for looking,

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 04:25 AM

Looks good, like most of us, you are to critical of your work. I too have the talent to make a simple project overly complicated.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 04:46 AM

Hi Mario
This is a very nice wooden hammer.Good job.

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#3 posted 02-05-2012 05:01 AM

Mario… Remember…. Thor had to start out somewhere!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 06:07 AM

Nice mallet. I seriously doubt that anyone takes longer than me. I am SSLLOOOW.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 02:02 PM

Good job Mario but you will find out as you use the mallet that the faces to strike the chisel need to be at an angle in relation with the handle.
When you use the mallet and that you swing it, the mallet trajectory is not a straight line but an arc this is why the faces need to be at an angle so that they are parallel with the head of the chisels as they hit it.
This does not mean that you cannot use it as it is.

Have a good day.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 06:06 PM

Thanks for that advise Bert, the hammer surely has a block head. There should be enough meat in that head to taper the sides though.

The picture you post also has the arched top and beveled edges, and definitely looks more like a hammer. Proportions and craftsmanship probably account for the latter.

I will probably taper the sides on the TS using the mitre gauge. The beveled edges should not be that difficult. I’m pretty positive there is a practical reason for the beveled edges, maybe to soften or ward off glancing blows? Arching the top I think’s definitely a bit more ambitious, I’ll probably keep my flat head.

Thank you all for your coments. These small shop tool projects are great in my opinion. With a few scraps you get to learn or hone skills without being out a lot of wood or dough. With the results not needing to be to aeronautical tolerances (true in my case), you can plow forth and do something. Just know that it may not be…..... how should I say….........”Cover Girl” or “Super Model” material.

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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