Steel Core Hammer

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by CaptainBacon, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. CaptainBacon

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    I welded a frame of 1/8" steel to get the most thin fork possible, and then gave it a touch of Quina wood. <br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=53&u=17228318" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/22/83/18/imag0910.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=54&u=17228318" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/22/83/18/imag0911.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=55&u=17228318" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/22/83/18/imag0912.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=56&u=17228318" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/22/83/18/imag0913.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>I wish I had access to a waterjet or other CNC cutter capable of cutting complex shapes from steel. I also wish I was better at welding to make a more attractive core. As it were, this one has a more utilitarian theme, since it's never going to break. I could have spent a lot of time getting the steel to be mirror smooth, and making this look like a pretty little princess, but I decided that rough and tough was the way to go.
     
  2. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    <div>Another beauty!!!</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  3. tokSick

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    CaptainBacon: The Return. And, as always, you did a great work mate. Rough and tough works too. Variation on the same theme( hammerhead), once again great work.<br>P.S: Never heard about that wood, it looks realy nice.
     
  4. Muizert

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    Looks great <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>And making the metal shine like a little princess like you say is alot of work <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"> and takes a lot of patience (and in my case alot of beer <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt="Rolling Eyes" longdesc="14"> ) <br><br>All the best
     
  5. CaptainBacon

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    Thanks guys! <br><br>Toksick, I've been so busy with work lately that it really does feel like a return. I hadn't touched any tools for months. This wood is very strange. The flame pattern of the grain glows with the slightest touch of light.<br><br>Muizert, beer makes everything better. What I was almost about to do was give the metal a hammered finish to look like it might have been forged. Again, there's not enough beer in the world.
     
  6. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <div>I would pay for these works had i extra cash>></div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  7. tokSick

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    If there is not enough beer in the world, i think it is because i drink most of it <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/drunken_smilie.png" alt="drunken" longdesc="30">.
     
  8. CaptainBacon

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    Ryan, you're plenty skilled enough to make a much better slingshot.<br><br>Toksick, you and me both.
     
  9. brat boon

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    <div>nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br>
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  10. Bill Hays

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    Very very nice looking one there!
     
  11. ketansa

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    CaptainBakon, I know this glow of those fire patterns. This must be looking so great. These glow patterns occur in the Cat's Eye (chrysoberyl) stone.This can occur in wood only if you have polished it very finely.<br>The actual utilitarian value of your slingshot shows straight clearly when you hold in the hand. If not in hand, it looks like a gemstone sculpture.
     
  12. CaptainBacon

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    Thanks for the positive feedback guys. I think I'll make another, but use a hidden tang in the handle as opposed to full tang so I have less grinding to do.<br><br>Ketansa, I think it's just a quality of the grain pattern. I really didn't polish this too well.
     
  13. FIAAO

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    Cool Slingy <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
     
  14. Jan84

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    what a beauty! <br><br>nice Combination <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
     
  15. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <div>This is my fav hammer yet tbh. the grain is amazing. i want it lol, if you had to put a price on it ? jeje</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  16. Bert the Welder

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    That is beautiful Capt. The wood is unreal and you've used metal. You beat me to the punch with that one. I set some cardboard aside and started a doodle of a metal frame just like that but with steel balls at the ends of the arms. Thought it might be something to sell if folks wanted them to put on their own wood. Have some custom work for clients right now and fighting strep throat, so I haven't got back to the template. How did you cut your steel? Is it stainless? How'd you weld it? Can see the welds in the pic's. At the top of the handle where it meets the fork? On mine I was going to try a plug weld from the fork side into the top of the handle. Maybe 3, 1/4" holes in the center of the folk, weld to the top of the handle through them, grind and sand smooth. Never to be seen again! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> That way there isn't any weld to get in the way of fitting the handle in tight to the underside of the fork. Know what I mean?<br>I do like the wood ends on yours. It's a very classy looking SS!<br>BTW
     
  17. CaptainBacon

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    I'd love to see what you come up with. I like that idea of making metal cores and selling them as a DIY item. I cut the steel with a hack saw and an angle grinder to smooth the curves. I've recently learned that my jigsaw will cut 1/8" steel like butter, so I'll be moving to that for the next version. It's just hardware store, general purpose mild steel. I just butted the two parts leaving a gap for weld penetration and went to town. Your idea sounds a lot more intelligent. I had to grind away a lot of the weld bead to make my handle scales fit, and then I still went in with powder thickened epoxy to cover it up. <br><br>Ryan, I have no idea brother. Never sold a fork before.
     
  18. Bert the Welder

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    You can get thin cutting disks( Walter Zip Cut) that would be faster and cheaper than a jig saw. I've never had much luck cutting 1/8th with one. I've got a heavy duty Bosch barrel grip and have trashed a couple blades. Didn't want to risk damaging the saw. If you've not used the Zip Cuts before, it's full protective gear time. When they break, they'll kill you. I've got a plasma cutter and will make a template to cut some out. One of the CNC cutters would be awesome for this type of thing. Water jet too, but to get them cut at the local place requires volume, so hand cut for now <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">. I'll keep you posted. <br>I was thinking a tab and slot would be a good way to weld the handle on. Drill and file a slot in the fork and have a tab on the handle that fits though. Again, weld from top and grind. <br>Best for welding on the underside, like you've done, would be TIG. Nice little welds. I'd have to test it, but I bet if you made a good 1/2" MIG weld in the middle of the underside, on both sides, it would be strong enough. Then you would just need a pocket gouged out of the middle of the top of each handle scale. It would be hidden and the ends could be tight to teh fork/handle junction. Food for thought if you don't want to slot/plug weld. How much welding do you do? Hobby, farmer, professional? <br>Cheers,<br>Bert
     
  19. CaptainBacon

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    I do virtually no welding. I have a tiny flux wire welder from harbor freight that's almost good for nothing. My jigsaw has cut through 1/4" mild steel with no problem before.<br><br>The next one I'm going to make will use a threaded rod glued into a wooden handle, and threaded rod going into the wooden fork tips, which will be lathe turned. I'll cut a hole into the top of the fork to weld the rod into place from the top. <br><br>BTW, if you'd like my template for this particular frame, I can upload that as an image.