Tool Restoration #1: Tack Hammer handle

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 05-09-2014 12:37 AM 2271 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found this tack (its actuially a cabinet makers) hammer head in the bin, it originally looked like somebody had attempted to repair it and gave up,... tossing it.

I thought it was a worthwhile save so rescued it.

I went shopping for a handle but found none suitable

So I decided to make my own handle.

I used a piece of Jarrah hardwood to do the job.

Then the linisher to prepare the shape

Once I had the rough shape done I fitted up the head

What I didn’t know was which way around it should fit on the handle, and after checking it I found a 12 cast into the head, assuming you would want to see this number I decided it should face out.

As it fitted up well next came the wedge.

All looked good so I gave it a final sand and polished up the metal to return it to its former glory.

Why would you even bother to buy a handle !

Note; whats the wood working book doing there? well I was making a prototype end for the Japanese table and wanted to see if I had the capability to do it

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 05-09-2014 08:36 AM

Nice work Robert. I think what you have there is a straight pein hammer, not a tack hammer as shown below.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-09-2014 10:18 AM

nice job.

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#3 posted 05-10-2014 02:06 PM

Nice handle…nothing like give a tool a second life.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#4 posted 05-11-2014 03:04 AM

Thanks guys, I guess I had better go find out what one does with a straight pein hammer now.

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 03-24-2017 10:29 AM

The correct terminology USA wise is Cabinet Makers hammer

-- Regards Rob

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