Showing posts with label power hammer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label power hammer. Show all posts

Monday, March 26, 2018

3 Hammer Builds, 1 Plan Set, and 2 Patents

So spent the afternoon clearing the lane way before it turns to 4" of ice. We peaked on our snow fall and we got about a foot less than we normally get, but it was colder than probably the last 10 years. I am almost out of this years allotment of firewood. April usually has at least one good snowfall. One of my summer projects will have to be the second complete rebuild of my snowblower. After 17 winters of snow clearing it deserves what ever attention it gets, lol.

So I opened the door to power hammers last post, and I have amassed many files in my research over the years, so I will share a few more here.

First is a file I put together mostly from info. on the Iforgeiron site. There are 3 builds in this file and a couple small articles. First a similar version of "Rusty" then a well documented Helve hammer and the last an interesting Oliver anvil hammer.

To download the file click Blacksmith Plans And Projects - Power Hammers. 2.4 MB - pdf

This guy will never be called Rusty, few bearings used but the bushings are all oozing grease. 


Very nice Helve hammer, used for working sheet materials.


Oliver The Hammer, very interesting, with a little practice, two hammers one smith is possible, lol.


I mentioned in the last post that I had lots of plan sets from the net. on file, I guess if I said it, I better back it up. "Krusty" is not connected to Jerry Allens 3 creations (Rusty, Dusty, and Super-Rusty). It is a larger nock-off, from what looks like Germany or Eastern Europe. It was originally for sale but it has been widely available on the net for many years. This is a 17 page plan set.

To download the plan set click Krusty Power Hammer. 1.6 MB - pdf


So in my research I looked at a large number of power hammer patents on the US patent site here are a couple of patents some may find interesting.

The first is a portable power hammer, click Patent: Potable Power Hammer to download. 290 KB - pdf


To download the second patent file click Power Hammer 3. 132 KB - pdf


I find patent files an interesting source of ideas. I am not looking to copy a patent but rather to see how different ideas are used to solve the problem at hand.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

"Rusty" The Appalachian Power Hammer

Going through all my web site files brings to mind how long my "to do" projects list is, And that warm sun starting to melt all this snow doesn't help,lol.

Many years ago Jerry Allen of "The Wizards Forge" came up with a power hammer plan that turned out to be very popular. With the exception of a few items like motor and bearings it is mostly made from scrap and salvaged materials and results in a efficient, smooth running hammer that would otherwise set you back a good dollar on the retail market.

I have many sets of plans for different power hammers that I have found on the web, but no plan set for "Rusty", Mr. Allen has protected them well. With me I like to build from pictures, incorporate some of my own ideas into the mix, and alter the measurements to the materials available to me. Norm Tucker below seems to have a similar attitude toward his project creations.

Off all the plans and ideas I have come across, a larger version of "Rusty" appeals to me the most.

This version built by Norm Tucker has high appeal for me. There is very little I would change about it. The idler initiated start/stop feature probably gives good control, but would wear the belt and pulleys out prematurely and because the motor is still running when tension is released there is the chance the belt may grab and give you an unexpected stroke (haven't built one yet, so this is just speculation). I will have to see what I can come up with. 

I don't pretend everyone is like me (god no,lol) so if your interested and you need the plans to build it, here is were you can get them.

Jerry Allen @ The wizards Forge, Rt,1, Box 174-D. Lost Creek, Wv. 26385. Ph.# 304 745 3886. A short version of the plans go for $15. More detailed plans go for $40. That gets you plans for three versions of "Rusty".

So many years ago I made up a word file from a web site containing a write up on the materials, sources and some construction methods for Rusty. Also in the file are many examples from other builders of their versions of Rusty such as Norm Tucker's above.

So If you want it, click Materials For The Appalachian Power Hammer to download. 710 KB - pdf