View Full Version : Making an Xmas present in four easy steps:

Doc Nickel
12-26-2004, 04:57 AM
Start with a 5" long bar of 1-7/8" 4140 chrome-moly:


... Turn off everything that doesn't look like a hammer-head...


... Mill it a bit, do some drilling and draw-filing, a bit of heat...


... bead blast, polish, gun-blue, a maple handle and some epoxy, and viola`!


What would probably be a terribly expensive bodymans' hammer, had one had to purchase it. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

I simply heated the faces, one at a time, to a nice red-orange and quenched them in room-temp water. A sharp file can cut it, but just barely.

Not bad for eight hours' work on Christmas Eve, eh?


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12-26-2004, 08:17 AM
Looks very nice Doc!
John B

Al Messer
12-26-2004, 08:29 AM
Good show! Keep up the good work!


12-26-2004, 09:13 AM
Nice Doc.

Thanks for the description...

Rob http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

Happy holidays

Paul Gauthier
12-26-2004, 01:41 PM
Nice Doc N

Paul G.

12-26-2004, 02:50 PM
Nice present, but you didnt ask for my address, how ya gonna git it to me? JRouche

Doc Nickel
12-27-2004, 04:31 PM
Be happy to make you one just like it JR!

... At my usual shop rate plus materials. Don't know what the bar cost, it was a cutoff in the steel suppliers' bin. Handle was a couple bucks, burnt up two carbide parting inserts, took the corners off one 1" 2-flute endmill, and used up ten sheets of DA sander paper to polish the faces.

You can forward a deposit to....



12-31-2004, 02:19 AM
Nice polish on the face...

12-31-2004, 06:03 PM
Doc, that's a nice little medalion with your portrait on it next to the hammer in that last picture; did you make it too??? I love your last post, cataloging the tool casualties along the way. I was just cleaning up a chunk of mild hot rolled with a 1/4" rougher yesterday, moving along at the 'normal' pace and popped that little mill right off at the base of the flutes. Oops, twarn't a 1/2" that usually sits in there.. So the 20 cent piece of steel takes out the $9 end mill, but with perserverance becomes the base of a height gage. I love this stuff. Nice hammer, by the by. Now go beat the livin' **** out of something!