Simple hammer repair

Whilst building a wooden step and re-laying the surrounding laminate flooring, I managed to break the shaft of a small hammer.

I ordered a replacement handle and used a pin to drift out the remainder of the old handle. There is a small wedge that holds the handle in place so I was careful not to misplace that.

The new handle needed to be shaped to fit the hole in the head of the hammer so I used a spokeshave to trim this down to size. You could use a chisel for this task if that’s all you have.

Once the handle was fitting in the head, I cut a slot using a tenon saw, parallel to the direction of striking. Looking at that last picture, the slot is from left to right.

I applied a few coats of varnish to give the handle some protection and as the wood finish was a little rough I also gave it a sand with some fine sandpaper.

The last step was to refit the head and tap the wedge into place.

Animals at the Tower

Animals at the Tower

Back in the history of the tower of London there used to be exotic animals such as lions, baboons and a polar bear. If you visit this year you can see these in sculpture form. Artist Kendra Haste has created

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Puppet Master

Puppet Master

Over the weekend I attended a short introduction course with puppet master Bernd Ogrodnik. Along with 300 other enthusiasts from around the globe, I learnt a little about carving, wood types, performance and the design of puppets. Bernd shared many

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Details

Details

What really sets apart a good model is the detail, borrowing some ideas from YouTubers I set about adding detail to my street scene.

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Triwizard Wand Rack

Triwizard Wand Rack

On a family visit to London, we stumbled across an alleyway full of interesting shops including one selling wands and other wizarding equipment…

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Master, Master

Master, Master

This last week, I renamed the branch on my Github repos from Master to Main. As I don’t use any kind of gitflow for my repositories and I don’t have to worry about team members, this was a pretty painless

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Arduino Portenta

Arduino Portenta Pinout

For a recent project, I’ve been using a new Arduino Portenta Pro board. It has proved to be a powerful board but also challenging to use.

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Fairy Door

Fairy Door

The local community group asked if we could make a fairy door, my daughter is a “bit big for fairies” but she did fancy practising some maker skills.

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