Making a Machinist’s Hammer – Handle and Head – From aluminum on the mini lathe

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Making a machinist’s hammer is a typical job for rookie machinists learning to use a lathe. The hammer becomes a lifelong favorite instrument since the outcomes are frequently extremely lovely. For those who are unable to create their own, there are even people that sell machinist hammers. I decided to start working on some design work while I’m waiting for the lathe to arrive since I thought making a similar hammer would be a good project to use the Tormach CNC Lathe on. I believe that the Tormach from Conversational Wizards, which offers LinuxCNC control for the lathe, should make it quite simple to create a hammer like this. The “T-Hammer” is the name I’ve given to the instrument.

My design goals for the project included:
Since the Tormach lacks a tail stock, consider how to handle pieces that are longer than 3 or 4 times their diameter. aspire to make the hammer a good-looking and useful tool. the need for interchangeable heads to meet various application needs. The 5C Collet ᴄʟᴏsᴇr on the Tormach is compatible with the sizes of Bar Stock. Compatible with o rings from the store.

Making the following components is required to assemble the T-Hammer:
Head (Dark Blue): to be constructed out of alloy steel, such as 4130. We’ll need to build it into a real cylinder with stud holes at each end and a neck hole in the center. Threading will be required in every hole.

Neck (Red): To be made of aluminum. For a better swinging sensation, we want a head that is hefty and a handle that is light. We are unable to turn the without a tailstock, but we can make do with a good satin finish and thread either end by choking up on the piece in a 5C collet.

Handle (Purple): To be made of aluminum. O-rings are intended to be held in place by semi-circular grooves, which we will arrange to allow us to flip this piece and turn it with a little overhang. No one will be able to tell that the component was flipped and not turned in one operation since the line in the middle will be placed where we’re going to insert an o-ring groove, making it disappear.

3 Tips: One each of strong nylon, alloy steel, and brass. Each tip has a threaded hole on one end and a beautiful chamfer on the other. The third tip is kept on the end of the handle and can be switched out. We’ll also need some o-rings and studs, which we can acquire from McMaster-Carr or another convenient supplier, in addition to the parts we’ll turn on the lathe. With the exception of the hole the neck screws into on the head, I want to create everything on the Tormach lathe.

For that job, we’ll need a milling machine, though I imagine a drill press might work as well. Future articles will detail each part and include step-by-step pictures of how I created the part on the Tormach lathe once I acquire the Tormach lathe and have it set up and tooled. Once I get going, I don’t think it will take too long.

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