Mini Veneer Hammer

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Project by Jim Rowe posted 03-28-2013 05:11 PM 2379 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I try to use hide glue whenever possible for the many benefits it has – strength, durability, reversibility, and because I like using it. When making small veneered lid inserts a regular sized veneer hammer can be rather unwieldy so I made a smaller Mini Veneer Hammer that I think is more practical for small projects when you need to “hammer” a piece of veneer on to a substrate. The one I made measures 21/4 inches square by about 1 inch thick. The brass insert is 1/8th of an inch thick. I used an offcut piece of Australian Jarrah for the body and a piece of brass I found in a drawer for the blade.
It’s very comfortable to use and does what is expected of it.
Any comments or questions appreciated.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#1 posted 03-28-2013 05:49 PM

I did one with a 1/8” brass blade a while ago and have since leaned toward a thinner one but that’s personal preference. The one thing I would suggest is that you angle the sides a little to make it get into the corners better. Sometimes you just want to press really hard in an inside corner and it’s a lot easier if you have room to tilt it a little.

Good to hear you’re having a good time with the hide glue and hammering your veneer. It just makes life so much easier.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 03-29-2013 05:29 PM

Wel another on the to do list!!! Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jim Rowe

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#3 posted 03-29-2013 06:44 PM

Thanks Paul. Version 2 now on the drawing board.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 08:28 AM

I have little knowledge of such things Jim but I can see you have made a wonderful tool. That in itself has to be applauded.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#5 posted 04-02-2013 09:21 AM

You should join the hide glue revolution. It will even join pieces that have only been mechanically machined!!!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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