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Brass Hammer with Oak Handle

I made this small brass hammer to tap things down on the parallels in the milling vice. I may also use it for driving chisels. The idea of a stubby but weighty brass hammer was inspired by David Barron’s brass hammers. I like his a lot more but overall I’m happy with how it came out and it was a good chance to combine lathe, mill and wood work.

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I designed the handle in sketchup, printed the design, then cut it out and traced around it. I then cut it out with a coping saw. My wife finished the handle with a dye stain and Briwax. She has way more skill and experience with wood finishes than I do.

The slot in the brass screw was cut on the mill with a 2mm end mill.

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Using a simple mandrel to make the locating pins out of 3mm stainless steel screws

 

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Materials Used

  • A piece of oak that I found lying around, cut into 3 pieces and laminated
  • 28mm A.F. brass hex bar
  • 12mm mild steel (probably a roller from a printer)
  • 2 M3 stainless screws
  • 20mm brass bar used to make the screw at the bottom of the handle. (Not shown)

p.s. Thanks to Steve for the use of his brand new light tent! Very cool.

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Dovetail Box No.2

Here’s my second dovetail box. I made this for my Dad for his birthday. There were three things I wanted to achieve on this project:

Flush Look
On the last box I had a slot for the lid to slide in. This works just fine but I really wanted to make a box which was completely flush all the way round.

Opening/Closing Dovetail
At some point during all my dovetail practice I produced a dovetail joint which wasn’t tight or loose and was able to open and close snugly. This gave me the idea of a dovetail joint as part of an opening/closing mechanism.

Brass
I’ve been largely focusing on my woodworking skills but ultimately I’m at the beginning of a long journey to build up a wide range of skills across many materials and techniques – not just wood. To kick things off I wanted to include an element of bass on this project. I decided to keep it simple and add a little bass handle for opening the lid.

 

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 Materials

  • Box sides: Recycled Rimu
  • Box front/back: Beech, recycled from some 65×65 table legs (Probably scavenged from Auckland inorganic collection!) Ripped into 15mm boards on the table saw.
  • Box top/bottom: Okoume 4mm plywood
  • Brass handle: Recycled from chrome on bass window stays we’ve been replacing in the house
  • Finish: Penetrol wood oil.

 

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