Hammer Restoration

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  1. Red Wing

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    Came across this on YouTube.

     
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    A lot of effort went into that handle, and it looks good. Kind of a relaxing video, nice. joe
     
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    Looked just fine to start. Like work for work sake. I cringed as the aged patina was ground away.
    With a dozen hammers in the before stage I'd be busy until spring and end up with bunch of wall hangers I wouldn't want to beat anything with.
     
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    Lol, I've restored a similar hand sledge, nowhere near to the extent of the one in the video, but it turned out beautifully.
    So much so, in fact, that I can't bring myself to put it back in my tool bag and take it to work. It's only use now is as a dedicated wedge setter for hanging axe heads, and I actually bought another one for work.
    But it is pretty...
    Great video! I applaud the guy who did the restoration, but he turned a tool into a wall hanger so I hope that was his intention. It wasn't mine when I began, lol.
     
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    Here's the one I did, like I said it's nowhere near as stunning as the one in the video, but I dig it.
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    That's pretty dang nice there. Looks like you saved your patina as well.
     
  7. Miller White

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    I saw the title hammer restoration and thought I would share a few I have pictures of...

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    ...and a few more that I also found I have pictures for...

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    Thanks for looking:cool:
     
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    He did a nice job. That round wedge wasn't too kind though.
     
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    Lots of good stuff there. Whats the first claw hammer with the extra steel collar? That little True Temper (Dynamic?) in the second picture with the original flat sided haft is sweet.
     
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    The collared claw is a Craftsman "M".
    The T.T. is a Dynamic Vulcan if memory serves me right...it rarely does...I will check those later and list up my favorites and users.
    The handle is amazing I agree!! I think that is also the one, original handle, stamped TT Dynamic.

    Thanks
     
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    88C79987-B89F-4140-B16F-8C212B38F67E.jpeg Found these old mini sledges with broken handles at a yard sale. Cleaned, painted them, dressed the faces and rehafted with left over axe handles. I’m on the look out for some more.
     
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    Hello. That's a nice collection you have there. If you haven't found a maker ID on the claw hammers. I found similar listed as a "cheney" brand. On a antique tool website. I've used the site catalogue to ID the odd tool. Worth a bookmark!
    Cheers Jim

    http://www.jonzimmersantiquetools.com/tools/wrenlist.html
     
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    Thanks Jim
    I had a hunch about Cheney and i look forward to checking out the link you provided.
     
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    My favorite claw hammer VULCAN DYNAMIC...

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    Admittedly I have not used this bad boy since I acquired this past autumn.

    My goto user...PLUMB USA

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    I'm glad this thread got bumped. I'd missed it.

    I use all these. They are all re-handled flea market or yardsale finds. Nothing special but they work good. Hammers are good.

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    My favorite 2$ mallet

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  17. Miller White

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    Loving that mallet!

    I had a similar score a while back, I added a couple coats of BLO and it's been a great hanging mallet ever since

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    I went back to look at your mallet again and I noticed the small far right cross pein ...I don't have a picture but do use a similar PLUMB for my saws.
     
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    This is my next to get a new handle. I actually had already had a handle for it, then my work hammer blew up. So surprisingly enough I was able to make that work. After putting a little love into your tools I know the feeling of not wanting to get them dirty. I work in printing, ink, oil, grease all over everything, so tools just get nasty.
     
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    Nothing special about the head. Simply a free and useful ball peen. Haven't really cleaned it up. The handle is Mahogany from a old table. The piece had a right and cut running the length. I left a bit as a slip stop. The grooves were cut with a chainsaw file. Burned in with coat hanger wire in vice grips. The handle and gorge are both treated in teak oil. Second pic is raw wood.
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    I have a good number of hammers. 40 or 50 maybe.
    Here's a few I use all the time, that I rehandled. As with axes, for the price you can't beat the vintage stuff!

    Top down....Champion, craftsman, Heller, plumb
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  22. Miller White

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    Great condition and great vintagehammers!

    Thank you for the ANVIL pic...that is one of the sweetest I have seen
     
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    Very nice! Especially the colour on the handles on the first two ball peens. Is that a different colour finish or a different wood than the others? Looks similar to the finish I've seen on Japanese red oak. Or mahogany for that matter.
     
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    Thanks. 168 lb Trenton Farriers anvil. The first ball pein in covering the clip horn. Its a good one!

    They were all plain hickory, oiled with a couple coats of BLO. Just varying degrees of dirty hands!
     
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    Nothing I restored but since we all like hammers.
    I am sure some of you guys remember these handles. I think they were called suction grip or something? Any way its a Grey Gorge_Hartwell.
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    I've got a brass ball pein with that type handle. Never knew what to call it! Thanks @garry3
     
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    Rehung a no name claw that I use - beater of everything - it was getting loose, original metal single wedge.
    I sanded and applied BLO to the handle, cleaned up the head and the eye before rehanging.
    Tomorrow I will trim flush, tonight it will set up a bit.

    Decided on trying my hand at cross wedging.

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