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Thread: Drawbar Hammer/Spanner Making a Laminated Handle From Scrap Wood

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    Drawbar Hammer/Spanner Making a Laminated Handle From Scrap Wood

    I wanted to make a nice looking laminated handle for my Drawbar Hammer/Spanner in the style of the Estwing carpenters hammer.
    Here is my attempt.
    In the video I call the hammer an "Eastwing" which is incorrect. I actually own one and I never properly looked at the name. Go figure!

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    Drew1966 (05-30-2019), Frank S (05-31-2019), Paul Jones (05-31-2019), Saxon Violence (05-30-2019)

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    Thanks Mark Presling! We've added your Drawbar Hammer Handle to our Hammers category,
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    Nice Presso, but why didn’t you oil the timber before you sealed it? Oil brings out the beauty of the grain better than varnish.

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    I agree but in the environment that the tool would be used it would absorb coolant, metal dust and grease and before long it would look awful. The finish I used still looks good two years down the track.
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    Mark

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    You can seal with varnish/lacquer after the oil has settled. It’s takes light oil (I use food grade mineral oil - very cheap at IKEA) about a week to fully penetrate the timber and settle down.

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    very nice looking and functional hammer
    Never try to tell me it can't be done
    When I have to paint I use http://kbs.justoldtrucks.com/

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    Very nice, for show I have my father's copper mallet from {mumble} decades ago, back when the lathe was turned by a dinosaur on a treadmill.

    For my day to day work I just use a cheap polyurathane coated dead blow hammer.


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