Making a Brass Hammer (from plumbing parts)

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Forum topic by paulmon posted 05-08-2020 04:40 AM 389 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2020 04:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe brass hammer

I’m starting to make some musical instruments in my little shop. That requires a lot of new tools. There seems to be a never ending list of essential tools and they are almost always beautifully crafted, well designed, and expensive. Most luthiers make what they can.

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#1 posted 05-08-2020 12:59 PM

Nice project. Yes there are a lot of little tools, fixtures, and jigs used in a luthier shop. Many of them are often shop made. I know that I seem to be constantly making or tweaking mine.

I seldom set a fret with a hammer. I prefer to set them with a cheap 1 ton press that I set up for the task. I bought a cheap one for about $60 and found that I use it way more than I thought I would for more jobs than I expected, but a little brass hammer still gets lots of use for many other tasks.

My little brass hammer is a bit larger and has a full brass head and a wooden handle. When I made it I wasn’t sure it would see much use, but it turned out to be one or the tools that I reach for many times every day. I didn’t bother to make the head pretty and given the amount of use it sees I probably should have, otoh it works fine as is.

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#2 posted 05-08-2020 01:58 PM

Nice work. I used to use a deadblow hammer for frets then progressed to pressing using my drill press with a home made fixture holding one of StewMacs brass cauls. I further progressed to an arbor press bought cheaply on sale and StewMacs fixture. Sure makes fretting a simple task now. Many builders still use a hammer however.

-- Darrel

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#3 posted 05-08-2020 02:07 PM

No doubt I’ll move up to a press someday if and when I start doing more fret jobs. Always good to be able to use the hammer tho.

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