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04-07-2010 11:51 PM

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I’m currently trying to make a plaque to put on the wall in the shop, it’s for my grandpa’s hammer that my grandma gave me for being a pallbearer in his funeral. I’ve made the plaque, routed the profile edge, just have to decide how I want to hang the plaque on the wall. But that just depends what I feel like doing there, the real problem I’m having is I can’t think of an easy way to attach the hammer and make it look good and without doing any damage to the hammer itself. If anyone’s got any ideas I’m all ears! Thanks for reading.

Grandpa's Hammer

Ok, here’s the hammer and plaque (unfinished).

P.S. Just a bit of history about it. Grandma gave all 6 pallbearers a hammer she’d found from his shop. She decided to give this to me because being his only grandson, we were VERY close. And with this hammer, she felt it was the ultimate persona of him, he always had to upgrade everything, this the routed grips he made on the handle of this hammer. Every time I see that it makes me think of all the little things he had to add to all his tools and projects and makes me smile.

Thanks again for looking and all the input, I’m going to sleep on it before I finally decide what to do with it.

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 12:03 AM

Countersink a rare earth magnet into the plaque at the point where the metal hammer head will be positioned.
Glue the magnet in place; epoxy works well.

Lee Valley is one source for the magnets.

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#2 posted 04-08-2010 12:03 AM

Gold Plated Hammer hook for pegboard? (or maybe painted gold?)

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#3 posted 04-08-2010 12:28 AM

Hi Jim, please post a pic of the hammer & the plaque outline. Various attachment options are available, but choosing one could be strongly influenced by the actual materials and shapes.

This is a fitting way to honor you Granddad.


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#4 posted 04-08-2010 02:34 AM

This might sound too cheap, but I was thinking of bent nails to nest the hammer.

What a nice memorial.

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#5 posted 04-08-2010 02:48 AM

The magnet and the bent nails are really cool ideas! You can “antique” the nails with muriatic acid if needed. I was thinking a leather thong to hang the hammer, but the other ideas are better. If you use leather, I would wet it, then hang the hammer, and the leather will shrink to fit. It’s an old Native American handcuffs trick.

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#6 posted 04-08-2010 04:48 AM

Ok guys, I reposted with the picture of the hammer and plaque. I appreciate all the ideas, still not sure what I’ll do yet, but I’m always happy to show off my Grandpa’s hammer. Thanks again!

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#7 posted 04-08-2010 09:59 AM

Hi Jim,
My recommendation would be to set the hammer at a slight angle with the face of the hammer head and the toe of the handle level with each other. I think the most “in-character” way to hold it on the plaque would be a wood peg where the head and handle meet, and a small corbel under the handle’s toe. This would support it at the correct angle, but you’ll also need a magnet behind the head to hold it against the backboard.

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#8 posted 04-08-2010 02:37 PM

I do like the bent nail idea – especially if you could find a couple of old square hand cut nails someplace.

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#9 posted 04-08-2010 02:51 PM

Yup bent nails!
or even a shelf for the hammer to sit on!
I had a idea of using barnwood for the plague! just a thought!!

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#10 posted 04-09-2010 02:15 AM

Thanks for all the great advice guys! I think I’ll try the nail idea. I’m going to try like James said though, and find some really rustic looking hand cut ones. I may even raid my Grandpa’s shop once again and see what kind of hardware he’s got stashed in there. How fitting would that be to hang his hammer with his own nails. I’ll make sure to let you guys know how it turns out. Thanks again guys!

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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