Some tasks in a shop call for a small brass hammer - such as
adjusting a wooden plane, tapping on a chisel, or just for
making adjustments to joinery. While these hammers can be
purchased, I decided to make my own.
For the head, I purchased some 7/8Ē brass
round stock from Online Metals. A foot of the round stock is
about $21 (editorís note: the price of brass fluctuates so
the current price may be higher or lower) and you can make a number of hammers from that one
foot. You wonít need that many hammers yourself so see if
some of your friends will take some of the brass stock, or
make some extra hammers as gifts for your woodworking
A good size for a small hammer head is about
2.5Ē. If the head is all brass, it will weigh about 7.25 oz.
I also made
hammer with 2Ē of brass and 1/2Ē of wood on one end. That
head would weigh a bit over 6 oz., depending upon the wood
used. If you would like a heavier or lighter hammer, you can
purchase larger or smaller brass stock. For example, for a
heavier hammer, you could use 1" or 1 1/8" round stock. For
a lighter hammer, choose 3/4" round stock.
You can cut the bar stock with your
miter saw. Just cut slowly and clamp the rod well when making
the cut. A carbide blade cuts brass very well and it doesnít
damage the saw blade.
The picture on the right shows a
hammer I made earlier, with one face of wood and the other of
brass. Also shown in the picture are the components of the
hammer Iím going to make in this tutorial. Iím using a 2.5Ē
piece of brass stock and Iím going to dome one end while leaving
the other end flat.
Iíll begin by creating
the dome on the brass stock. To do that, I mount the brass
rod in my lathe using a chuck.
Then, using a double cut file, and with the lathe running, I
begin to work the brass into a dome.
Eventually, I get the end of the rod to the shape I want.