Thanks to Don for the on reseting hammer heads on
Generally, loose hammer heads are the result of wood shrinking from
drying out. There a method for tightening the head on the handle, in
this case, passed on to me from some very generous teacher (can’t
remember who, but ‘thank you’). Use one small drop of “Chair Loc”
(or similar stuff used to swell wooden chair spindles when they
become loose) on the part of the handle at the top of the hammer
head, where the wedge is. NO MORE THAN ONE SMALL DROP, please, as
the handle will swell too much if you use more. No need to remove
anything; neither the head or the wedge needs to be removed.
Also, when I am about the use a hammer, I’ve developed the habit of
checking the head for loosenes. If it is loose, I slam (that’s a
technical term!) the end of the handle (opposite end from the hammer
head!) on my bench, vertically. This acts to shift the head down on
the handle and secures it. If this doesn’t work, I use the Chair Loc.