First coat of oil on and snug fit in the hammer head. Once it will have 3 coats of oil I'll hammer it deeper in there, put the wedge in, and trim the excess.
Time for the wedge to go in, I used a scrap bit of ebony I had lying around but I would have used a wood that's less endangered now if I had to get new wood for it. Walnut would work well and create the same nice color contrast
@ritualdust nice one, these are surprisingly useful. I did a refurb on an existing walnut handle for a very similar sized hammer recently that worked but rubs me the wrong way cosmetically - the section sticking out above the head of the hammer is very small feeling, even with the wedge. Works though haha.
Your chest is inspiring me a little for my own tools btw. They're currently split between a store bought metal chest and pegboard and both are meh solutions 🙃
@maxc oh sweet, yeah indeed there's a lot of cases that needs a small light hammer like that :) finishing off that top is definitely the scariest part haha
I'm happy I'm inspiring others to tackle that kind of project, I used to have a pegboard too for all of those and It was taking 4 times the space to store the same tools and looked a lot less nice :P having to move in a new place with less wall space for the workshop contributed to motivate me.
@ritualdust This is lovely! I have a lot of old hatchet and axe heads that could do with new handles; it's on my "To-Do" list.
There's some beautiful 100-ish-year-old tools in my barn made by the previous owner/family. I'll get some photos of them soon, you might like some of them!
Also ❤️ linseed oil.
@flatmountain Ohh that sounds like tons of fun restoring and making handles for them. Axe handles are nice too because they're big and can be decorated more easily :) I'll be really interested to see them and the process of restoring them. Old tools like that are so precious ~
@ritualdust I see you also have trouble keeping your nails painted while working, we should make a team.
@ritualdust I've never had a hammer made my heart skip a beat, but goddamn this is gorgeous. love the tapering on the handle!
@bumbervevo ^^ I'm really happy of how the curves turned out, it really guides the hand to the good part of the handle ~
@ritualdust I have something similar that my grandfather gave me so I was so excited when I saw your photos. I have no idea of how old this is but its at least my age which is ... "not young". XD
@gh057 oh yeah totally, the handle looks exactly like the one it use to have too. It's so cool that you have tools that were passed down to you :)
@ritualdust lineseed oil spend a lot of time to dry, I use expensive bromeliae oil as priming for precious tools or cheap recycled wasted body oil in case of common hardware furniture maintenance. Your hands and background has similar tone of the wood hammer, nice photo.
@atabi Thanks a lot for the tips, what are the advantages of bromelia oil apart from faster drying, I'm curious about it :) and thanks ~
here's some interesting info:
@atabi Oh that's very comprehensive, thanks for sharing that, another fun rabbit hole to go down into :D
@tendigits thanks! I feel like I'm finding a format that I like for documenting and sharing these projects :)
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