Unsafe handle. Don’t put a handle on your hammer using this technique! Ask a pro to teach you the correct way!
In this video I restore an old hammer I found. If you have any questions about the build feel free to leave a question in the comment section of the video. If you like seeing content like this check out my youtube channel.
Last edited by buddyman100; 01-18-2019 at 08:54 AM.
Hope you have many happy, productive hours with your hammer.
I winced to see you holding the handle with your hand while sawing, though.
While it’s not unusual for me to remove stock with a saw, you must bear in mind that most hammers (claws usually excepted), have tapered eyes, so the stub also needs to be tapered. You want a snug, but not an over-tight, fit. You can remove material using a spokeshave, or half round rasp, or a flap disc. I always mark the hammer and the handle when trying the fit, so they fit they same way for the next trial. Lampblack in the socket shows high spots. The first wedge is inserted in a saw cut oriented in the swing direction. You need wood that’s not too soft and not too hard. I like to use walnut. But why did you use a nail? If your handle breaks, the nail will make it difficult to punch out the remainder. No, you want a proper steel wedge, 2 for that size. You can flatten mild steel cold, but it’s better to use commercial ones.
If the fit is too tight, the wood may crumb when you try to insert the handle. This has happened to me more than once!
Philip Davies (12-25-2018)
Also, using a chisel with your other hand in line with the blade. If it slips (and, inevitably it will) you can easily sever a nerve, not to mention getting a whole lot of your blood on the project.
And make yourself some proper soft jaws for your vise (or, better, get a proper woodworking vise). That rag and the resulting sloppy grip is going to cost you some time in the emergency room. Using power tools around that rag-grip is another recipe for disaster.
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