First operation is to clean the handle.
I use a cabinet scraper to remove all the old finish and crud. When
it is clean I mark a straight line on 8 locations around the handle.
Next I mark alternate locations on
these lines that are one inch apart, with alternate lines staggered.
Now it is time for the magic. I use a
small center drill to make the shallow holes. The center drill looks
good, and if you drill deep enough all the holes will be the same
size. That is important to the final appearance.
When the drilling is done, I sand the handle and wax it. I don’t
like any film finish on my wooden hammer handles.
Next is a picture of a few of my old
The hammer on the bottom was too nasty
to clean up just by scraping so I burned it black with a propane
torch and then used steel wool to clean the charred surface. Then I
waxed it. I prefer the natural color, but some
folks like the darker handle.