Anthony San Miguel wrote:
Thanks. The only hammers I have made so far are simple cross peens and reforged ball peens to make a straight peen or handled punch. This one will be tougher to make. Drifting 2in of steel is harder than some of these guys make it look. For me, at least.
I know this is an old post, but I just thought I'd put this out there for anyone else interested in making hammers.
I recently made a cross pein hammer out of 2" material, and drifted it by hand. What I started out using was a small cutting tool about 3/4" wide, and punching through both sides to meet in the middle. When that was through, I went to a small drift that tapered from 1/4"x1/2" to 5/8" round, and after that was all the way through, I went to a drift I made using a piece of axle. I recommend using a heavier hammer, and if possible, a striker. After the hole is drifted you can use the drift to hold the piece, if you need to, or use a set of large tongs.
Also, if you have a striker using a sledge, you can do as much as a Little Giant power hammer, sometimes more.