How to Use a Homemade Blacksmith Power Hammer

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A blacksmith power hammer is used in industrial applications, particularly by blacksmiths. It is a mechanical hammer that uses a crankshaft, connecting rod and springs. The hammer head is powered with an air cylinder. This machine is typically only used by professionals for iron work. It can be extremely challenging to use, but is useful for blacksmithing and forming different metal shapes. With proper instructions and precautions, homeowners can also use this tool to make many different metal shapes.

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Things you need

  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Metal
  • Metal gripper

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  1. 1

    Set up the blacksmith power hammer. Select a safe place where there will be no children around and where noise will not be an issue.

  2. 2

    Pick up the metal that is already heated up and ready to be formed. Hold it tightly with metal grips. Slide the metal under the blacksmith power hammer and turn on the hammer.

  3. 3

    Move the metal around as the hammer moves up and down on top of it. Flip the metal over and form it to the correct shape. Continue turning and twisting it while it is still glowing.

  4. 4

    Turn off the hammer once the orange glow has disappeared from the metal. If it has been formed to the proper shape, set the metal aside to give it time to cool down before moving it. If it still needs additional shaping, reheat the metal and repeat steps 1 through 3.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear safety goggles and gloves when working with a power hammer. The metal that is being formed can be extremely dangerous and cause severe injury.

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