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Friday, November 16, 2012

Sledge hammer and cupping tool

After the heavy forging Chase Saxton and I did, I realized I needed a second heavy sledge-hammer in my shop. I have a 10 pound sledge right now, that is a pretty decent one, but that's it. I stopped by the old antique store in town (where I got my last sledge head,) and picked up a 16-pound funny shaped sledge. It was all they had, but I figured with a little work, it would do.

I sawed off the original faces to decrease the weight as well as to get rid of some chips and pitting. Then I set to work to shorten the hammer-head by "upsetting" the material. I made one of the hammer faces round and one face flat.  By the time I cut, forged, and ground it into a usable piece of hardware, I had a 13.25-pound hammer head, that weighed 14.25-pounds with the handle.


Here is the original hammer head!




Here is a sped-up video of making the hammer-eye drift for this project, and then the work involved in upsetting such a large hammer head!

 
 
 
Here I am forging a "cupping tool" in the new striking anvil with the new sledge hammer.
 
 
 
And yesterday I made my first "top-swage." Here are some pictures!



Off to work for today!


 



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