Today I decided it was time to modify a few hammer heads and do a few tweaks on the head I modified during Metals Week back in June/July.
The first hammer I worked on is a riveting hammer. I bought this for about 12.00 on line and it is not very heavy or by any - I took the flat round end and made it into a tiny planishing hammer. The other end I just rounded all the sharp edges and corners. I mostly will use it as a planishing hammer.
The second hammer was this little cheap thing I bought at Harbor Freight. It comes with four screw on heads - 3 cylindrical flat heads - brass, metal and plastic and one metal cross-pien. I only modified two of the heads. I turned the brass head into a shallow dome so I can use it as another tiny planishing hammer and the cross-pien I rounded and softened, like I did with the riveting hammer, to a tiny forging hammer.
Then on the hammer I modified this past summer, I found the handle too long and when I used it, had some corner marks from the underside - which I had issues working on originally since I had not removed the handle. I sawed off the handle, popped out the wood with wedge and went to work on my further refinements.
After grinding, filing and sanding with 220, 400, 600, 800, 1500, 1800, 3200, 4000, 6000 and yes even 8000 sand paper - I am now filthy but all the heads have a mirror finish.
Oh. and I found the perfect hammer handle at ACE Hardware for SEVEN DOLLARS - it is the perfect size and made in the USA. I ended up buying 5 of them, as you never know when might need another hammer handle.
Use this link to my Tools of the Craft page to see some pretty pictures.
As for me, I am hitting the shower..