A homemade power hammer can help turn your blacksmithing hobby or business into a less intensive labor of love. Instead of physically hammering heated steel into submission by hand, a DIY power hammer can do most of the labor intensive work for you with beautiful results. A homemade power hammer may not be the cheapest thing to build, but by doing it yourself you can build it to your own exact specifications. Look over these 8 design ideas and plans to find just the right power hammer to meet your forging needs.
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Mechanical Power Hammer
These detailed plans will show you how to design and build a mechanical power hammer that will be easy to maintain and have a long life expectancy. Not exactly for the hobbyist forger, but if you foresee forging as a way of life in your future, this top of the line homemade power hammer will meet your needs.
Rusty Dusty Power Hammer
The name was given by the inventor of this amazing mechanical hammer, and he also gives his phone number along with the building plans. The pictorial plans will walk you through the DIY build, but if you need further assistance, call the number provided with the plans. You are encouraged to call with any issue or problem you encounter while embarking on this DIY build and the inventor will talk you through the process over the phone.
Scrap Built Power Hammer
You can build a power hammer for practically nothing by following the instructions on this YouTube video. Watch the video for inspiration, then prowl through your own metal scrap pile to discover items that can easily be transformed in a DIY power hammer.
Bucket List Blacksmith
If one of the things on your bucket list is to build your own power hammer and become a blacksmith, then this easy to build design is for you. This entertaining and informative YouTube video will show you how to transform some basic items into a blacksmiths power hammer. Only a few items are needed for this DIY build:
* Steel rods
* Brass pole
* 25 pound hammer created from a railroad tie
* Assemble and weld together as shown in this video, then get busy forging and check it off your bucket list.
Crank Shaft Motion
These power hammer plans show you how crank shaft motion can be used to make working with steel much easier. Informative YouTube video provides step by step plans for building this inexpensive and tough power hammer that will make forging easier and quicker. The two handed control literally puts the striking force into your hands, but uses much of your energy to exert the forceful blows.
Tire Hammer Plans
Invented by Ray Clontz, from Charlotte, NC, the tire hammer is truly unique and easy to build. The operating mechanism runs smoothly and is easy to get a feel for so you can be forging like a pro from the beginning. The operating mechanism is simply a steel wheel on the motor shaft that rubs an inflated rubber tire. Detailed pictorial instructions show you how to assemble the tire hammer at home with just the following tools:
* Cutting torch
* Stick welder
* Drill press
These common tools are found in most home workshops and they will enable you to build this highly functional, unique DIY power hammer.
Anvil Mounted Power Hammer
These power hammer plans are unique in that they show you how to build an anvil mounted power hammer. This DIY build features a variable speed motor, electric clutch control, portable and can deliver 50 to 350 blows per minute. Weighing only 82 pound, this anvil mounted power forging hammer can be scaled to accomodate large or small anvils, allowing you to customize it to meet your personal forging needs.
This YouTube video provides you with power hammer plans that run the finished product without power. The treadle design allows you to physically control the power with your foot. The unique design using a spring allows the hammer to be less rigid for more controlled strikes. Dies are easily removed for quick interchanging when forging your own unique pieces.