ALANA WERZYN'S 2019 WINNING PROJECT OVERVIEW
MAKING A HAMMER HEAD FROM A METAL BLOCK:
"I started this project on September 9th, 2019. I found this scholarship shortly before and thought the project would be perfect. Since I am not very strong, I decided I would make the head 5 inches in length, with a height and width of 2 inches. I am proud of how well this hammer turned out, considering this is the first hammer I’ve ever made. This project really helped me practice my skills for being a machinist and, I think, that is what’s important. I learned new things and made mistakes that will only help me get better."
I TOOK THE FOLLOWING STEPS TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT:
- Used a straightedge to draw lines on the square stock.
- Cut in at 1.75 inches in length and cut the .25 inch width of it.
- Positioned the piece on the mill to painstakingly cut the corners.
- With the purchase of a wooden handle, marked the center of the hammer where the handle would later be placed.
- Carved out and shaped the hole using the drill press to receive the wooden handle.
- Sanded down the wooden handle on the belt sander for best fit.
- Hammered wooden wedges into the handle
- Hammered metal wedges into the top of the handle.
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