Build your own hammer - that's possible?

Tools are usually bought ready-made - this guarantees high quality and durability as well as safety when working. Sometimes you can make tools yourself. In this article you can read whether this is possible with a hammer, where the risks and difficulties lie, and how one could proceed.

Do it yourself at the hammer

Hammer heads are usually made of metal - building it yourself is practically impossible, unless you happen to be a talented blacksmith with your own workshop. Traditionally, blacksmiths actually make their hammers themselves.

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Another option is to just buy the hammer head and make the handle yourself. Since hammer handles usually only cost 2 - 3 EUR, making them yourself on a lathe is usually hardly worthwhile.

One possibility would be to get the hammer head and handle and stalk the hammer yourself. However, this involves a lot of work and also some risks.


Loose-fitting hammer heads or handles that are not sufficiently resilient represent a serious safety risk. The head can come off the handle and seriously injure someone while flying around.

A handle that cannot be stressed enough can also break and a failed hammer blow can lead to injuries. All in all, you have to consider a few risks and should therefore rather resort to tested quality, as is customary in industrial production.

Brief instructions on how to make a wooden mallet (with a wooden head) are given below.

Making hammer out of wood

  • Round wood (for the head)
  • Round wood of suitable quality (for the handle) or other wood
  • glue
  • Lathe machine
  • Stand drill, suitable drill bits
  • hammer

1. Prepare the handle

If you do not use a round wood from the start, the handle must be dressed on the lathe. The grain of the wood used should definitely be straight. Ash or hickory are suitable as wood. Let the handle dry in a place with very low humidity (centrally heated rooms, on top of the heater) so that the wood contracts.

2. Make a head

Saw off the log to the appropriate length and sand the sides until they are straight and completely smooth. Drill a hole in the middle that is 1 - 2 mm narrower than the stem.

3. Put together

Use a hammer to drive the handle through the hole in the hammer head, leaving about 5 - 10 mm protruding from the top. First coat the handle with wood glue (€ 6.49 at Amazon *). Let dry and treat with wood preservative (varnish).

Tips & Tricks You don't have to throw away an old hammer or ax if the handle breaks. New handles are usually not a big problem, you can easily get handles from specialist retailers.