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Free Metalworking Project Plans: Soft Faced Hammer (Lathe)


Material: Aluminum
Units: (in)

Having a soft faced hammer (or mallet) in your toolbox is a must. If you need to “adjust” a workpiece without marring it, a hammer like this one is perfect.

Like many plans for the beginner, this plan is for a tool that can be purchased for a lot less than what it will cost you in time to make it. So, you might ask, why make something you can buy?

100_0059“Because by learning how to make things that you can buy, you learn the skills necessary to make things that can’t be bought.”

– Barry Young, Machinist Instructor, Bates Technical College.

In this project you’ll continue to develop your skills on the lathe by learning how to:

  • cut a taper
  • knurl
  • cut threads (also known as “screwcutting”).

mallet-headsA quick note on the faces: You can easily make your own faces from UHMW Plastic, or you can purchase your own. If you decide to purchase your own, buy them before you make the hammer head (in case you need adjust the size of the hammer head or the pitch of the tapped threads to match the purchased faces).

  Soft_Faced_Hammer.pdf (82.0 KiB, 8,830 downloads)
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About Tyler

Tyler is a hobby machinist and 3D printing aficionado. He teaches computer programming and web development at Highline College near Seattle. Tyler founded Projects In Metal in 2008 because he was frustrated by the lack of free plans available for hobby machinists.

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