Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Strange hammer

When I first saw these parts I originally thought they were junk.

Then I figured out they slipped together to make a hammer. This was kind of interesting.

The outside of the head seems to be hand forged and heavy steel, but the face of the hammer was just soft wood and has been beaten in over the years. I wasn't sure why anyone would make such a thing or what they were hitting with it.

Then it dawned on me, this is the perfect hammer to hit the back of a chisel with. The heavy metal provides mass and the soft wood in a concave shape is gentle on the back of the chisel and won't deflect. Whoever made this was a genius.

I fixed the cracked handle by pushing wood glue into the cracks, putting some packing tape on a clamp and holding it all together until it dried. It ended up working perfectly. The handle is back to it's original strength and is now usable with it's perfect fit and original patina.

The rust on the head had to go. Die grinder with some scotch-brite made short work of the rust and shined up the metal.

I coated everything with a bit of boiled linseed oil so it won't rust again. I've found the trick to applying boiled linseed is to apply generously but then do your best to wipe it off with paper towels. If you don't get aggressive wiping it off you'll end up with a stick mess on the metal when all you really need is a very fine layer to protect it.