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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 04-11-2018 04:44 PM 699 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlasterStumps

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04-11-2018 04:44 PM

Question for you lathe guys: What should I know about turning in general if I was to attempt to turn a hammer handle? I have a little 10 Oz machinist ball pein hammer that I cleaned up but need a new handle for. It looks like the entire handle should be oval shaped, even the part that enters the hammer head. I haven’t turned much on my old Shopsmith lathe let alone anything off center. Do I need a special drive center to hold the stock properly/safely? Any other ‘must know’ things?

Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 04-11-2018 05:12 PM

Easy peasy face shield is a must.

Practice on scraps first is a good idea. Mark your centerline and then off set a center point a little in each

direction on the same axis and you’re good to go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CbRnpYPols

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#2 posted 04-11-2018 05:16 PM

Yep, what Wahoo said^.

I do multi-axis turning for screwdriver handles a lot and I’ve done hammer handles that way. But, to be honest, I find hammer handles come out better and take less time if I cut the rough shape with the bandsaw then finish shaping it with rasps and spokeshaves.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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hairy

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#3 posted 04-11-2018 05:57 PM

Here’s another way.

https://www.tpt.org/the-woodwrights-shop/video/the-woodwrights-shop-offset-turning/

I made a little hammer handle without offsetting. I started with a rectangular blank, not square. I left it rectangular at the back end and round where it goes in the head. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50193

If your hammer head is tapered inside, turn it round to the widest diameter, then taper it with a file.

-- My reality check bounced...

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BlasterStumps

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#4 posted 04-11-2018 09:24 PM

“hairy”, that is actually quite a cool little hammer you made there. I like the looks of it. I have a chunk of brass that I might try to make something similar with. I will try the handle idea. Thanks for sharing the info.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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