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Offline OldnSlo

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Proto hammer seeking help
« on: April 17, 2017, 03:01:04 PM »
$3 picked this up over the weekend. I have precious little of the octa-sized, green emblazoned grip finished tools, so this one caught my eye with the homespun oak mallet heads knowing full well they were not factory installed. While the attempt was probably well intentioned, the head was not square with the tips, nor on center. Just a few smacks was more than enough to splinter the head.

My thoughts for putting this back in order is to use donor Bet'r Grip or some other resilient handle and spare my Oxwall or Xcelite collection from dwindling.

But since the PO has ground down the nibs that hold the head on (yes I could build up with MIG), and since I own zero lathes, I was thinking running a screw down the center of the new head and secure that way (knowing it will collect stuff) and be weaker. The alternative is to put a cross pin through both the head and hammer from the side.

How say ye for this repair?

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Re: Proto hammer seeking help
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 03:23:37 PM »
If you're going to do light delicate hammering with it, I would suggest JB Weld to hold the new heads in place. You have a lot of surface area to work with and JB Weld might just be the ticket.

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Re: Proto hammer seeking help
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 06:31:15 PM »
OnS,

+2 on JB Weld or Epoxy.  Either should hold up longer than the soft hammer pads.  Go for it :mr:
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Re: Proto hammer seeking help
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 08:26:51 PM »
I`m watching as I have 2 of those in the same condition.
There is a very fine line between a hobby and a mental illness.

Does the need justify the want ? Or does the want suffice?

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Re: Proto hammer seeking help
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 09:35:27 PM »
My first thought would be where to get the tips?

Seriously, does anyone know?
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Re: Proto hammer seeking help
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 11:09:33 PM »
I hit up Tacoma Screw the local Proto dealer and was told not available.
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Re: Proto hammer seeking help
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 08:16:30 AM »
It wouldn't be that hard to turn a few Delrin and hardwood tips for that head. If you have no lathe, a sturdy drill press would suffice.

I replaced the hickory wood face on a mallet some years ago with a piece of dogwood from my own yard (it is very hard and dense).

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Re: Proto hammer seeking help
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 10:07:21 PM »
(snip) I replaced the hickory wood face on a mallet some years ago with a piece of dogwood from my own yard (it is very hard and dense).

I gotta ask - what kind of bark does dogwood have?
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Re: Proto hammer seeking help
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2017, 11:06:38 PM »
(snip) I replaced the hickory wood face on a mallet some years ago with a piece of dogwood from my own yard (it is very hard and dense).

I gotta ask - what kind of bark does dogwood have?
It's really ruff
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Re: Proto hammer seeking help
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2017, 11:16:49 PM »
(snip) I replaced the hickory wood face on a mallet some years ago with a piece of dogwood from my own yard (it is very hard and dense).

I gotta ask - what kind of bark does dogwood have?


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Re: Proto hammer seeking help
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2017, 12:04:59 AM »
My dog leaves logs all over the yard but I think they would make crappy hammer ends. hidex

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