How To Make A War Hammer

Did you know that you can make a war hammer with a few metal rods and the tools you already have in your shed? Learn with us in this guide how to make an inexpensive but functional war hammer.

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Build a war hammer in six easy steps

Things you will need:

  • A flat steel bar (1½ x ¼ x 36) inches
  • Galvanized flat steel bar with holes (1 3/8 x 1/16 x 36) in
  • An angle iron (1 ¼ x 1/8 x 36) inches
  • 14 sets of 3/8 inch nuts, washers, and lock washers
  • 1/4 inch wood or board
  • Paracord

Tools you will need:

  • A 3/8-inch drill bit
  • An angle grinder with a grinding wheel and a cutting wheel and
  • A drill
  • show
  • C clamp
  • ratchet

Step 1. Mark the steel bars

First, use a marker pen to draw lines every five inches on the outside of the angle iron. The line should cover both sides of the angle iron. Here you should have four five inch sections.

Next, measure two inches from the corner, then drop a diagonal line. Do this on either side of the first two five-inch sections.

In the third five-inch section, measure two inches from the corner, dropping only one diagonal on one side. Do the same with the last 5 inch team, but on the alternate side.

Second, mark a 2 ½ inch section on the flat bar. Next, measure another four inches and mark it. Next, measure two inches into the four-inch section from the edge of the two areas, dropping a diagonal.

Step 2. Cut out the marked bars

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Now use an angle grinder with a cutting wheel to cut the angle iron and flat bar to size. You can save the pieces of steel that you won’t be using for another project.

Next, use the same angle grinder to cut off the end of the galvanized steel bar with a half hole that goes with the other straight end. Now use your felt-tip pen to mark four sections on the galvanized rod.

The first three should have seven holes each while the last should have 13 holes. Use the mill to cut the galvanized rod.

Tip: If you’re not using a rod with holes, measure 5 ¼ “for three small sections and 9” for the larger section.

Step 3. Bend the galvanized parts to form brackets

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Here, take a section of your ¼ inch flat bar and align it with the center hole of one of your galvanized flat stamps. Next, clamp it to your vise and bend the top of your galvanized bar over the flat bar as tightly as you can.

You can use a blacksmith or a regular hammer for this. Use two of the three smaller pieces of the galvanized rod for this step.

Do the same for the remaining galvanized holes. The only difference is that you bend them over two stacked flat bars. To do this, use a tape measure to mark a 22 ½ inch, then cut it off with a mill.

Note: Stack your 22 ½ inch flat bar with another bar for the second layer of brackets. It doesn’t have to be the same length.

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Step 4. Attach the hammer head parts

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First, take two pieces of angle iron with different edges (one with two diagonal lines and one with one diagonal line). Line them up on a flat surface so the straight edges line up.

Next, take one of the small brackets and slide it onto the aligned pieces of iron. Do this from the straight edge and slide it down as far as you can.

Now clamp the opposite edge of the vise in place and hold the bracket in place with a C-clamp while you continue to slide the bracket down with a hammer. There must be no more space between the bracket and the angle bars. Repeat this step for the remaining set of angle iron bars and one of the smaller brackets.

When you’re done, clamp the square iron bars in place with a C-clamp to hold everything in place. Next, attach the iron bars to the vise. Then remove the C-clamp and use a drill to drill holes in the angle bars.

This is easy as all you have to do is go through a hole on one side of the bracket and drill until you come out through the bracket hole on the opposite side. Once done insert a screw, washer, lock washer and tighten the nut with a ratchet.

Next, flip the hammer head piece over and do the same for the third punch hole. After drilling a hole and tightening the nut, you should have an undrilled hole in the center. Repeat with the other set of angle iron bars in brackets.

Step 5. Assemble the hammer head

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Now, align the two sets of square iron bars with brackets so that they are symmetrical to each other. This way you will get a straight edge with no diagonal cut on the side of the hammer head.

Slide the large galvanized bracket up to this edge. Next, slide the remaining small bracket to the other edge of the hammer head. Slide it off the straight end. Note that these two brackets are loose.

Next, flip the hammer head over and attach your 2½ inch spacer between the two angled portions of the hammer head. You can use a different metal to place the spacer. Once the spacer is in place, the two brackets will now fit snugly.

Now drill more holes in the two new brackets and tighten the screws. Make sure your two new screws don’t interfere with your previously added screws.

Step 6. Attach the metal handle and punch mandrel

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After assembling the hammer head, slide the 22 ½ inch flat bar through the space between the two angled portions of the head. Make sure it is pressed firmly against the first spacer you inserted. Drill two more holes in place and insert the screws to hold them in place.

Next, slide the armor punch mandrel onto the back of the hammer head and drill two holes for the two screws that hold it in place. Finally, screw on the handle and wrap it with a paracord to ensure comfortable handling.

Note: If you do decide to paint your war hammer, take the hammer head apart, paint everything but the brackets and screws, then reassemble it.

Check out this video from ZNA Productions to learn how to: Make the Warhammer:

There you have it, prepper. You can easily make a war hammer at home using this simple illustration. In addition, it doesn’t require much and therefore you don’t have to spend a fortune to own one. Get creative and customize yours to suit your needs and tastes.

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