How to Make a Squeaky Hammer

Squeaky hammers are very simple, fun toys to play with. They make excellent stress relievers and great party favors. Kids in Japan play with these toys all the time, but chances are if you live in America, such toys are hard to find. Squeaky hammers do exist in countries outside of Japan, but most might not be sufficiently large or aesthetically pleasing. Even in Japan, a very large squeaky hammer is difficult to come across.

However, here is a way to make a large squeaky hammer yourself! You'll need a few supplies, but most can be picked up in any hardware store. If you follow the steps correctly, the end result will be a large, fun toy that can give you hours of entertainment.


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    First, you'll need to drill a hole in the central axis of the duct pipe so the slender pipe can fit through as the handle of the hammer. If you can, drill another hole parallel to the first on the other side. That way, the long, slender pipe which will act as the mallet's handle can slide all the way through the duct pipe to the other side, as in most mallets.
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    For this step to work, you have to cut off exactly 13" of the long, slender pipe. At the other end of the pipe, attach the adapter. The adapter will function as part of the "squeaker". Before attaching the adapter permanently, you will need to fashion the part of the pipe that attaches to the adapter into a whistle using your tools. The shape of the adapter can come in handy when constructing the whistle.
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    When the whistle is made into the end of the pipe and the adapter is attached, take the 13" pipe you cut off from the long, slender pipe and attach it into the other end of the adapter. Before doing this, however, you will need to cut a large hole in the 13" pipe. This way, the air can travel through the pipe and through the adapter, then through to the whistle when you strike the squeaky hammer. On the other side of the hammerhead where the other end of the handle protrudes, attach one of the PVC end pieces using the PVC cement do the same with the other end of the handle, so dirt and crud can't get inside the pipe.
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    It's time for the final step in building your squeaky hammer, and the rest is up to you. This is probably the simplest step in the whole project. Simply line the inside rims of the hammerhead with PVC cement and quickly insert the plastic or rubber bellows. Let the the cement dry so the hammer will stay together, and you're done! The end result, if you did this correctly, should be a roughly 3' long mallet with bellows on each end of the hammerhead and a whistle built into the handle, so that each time you strike the hammer, it creates a sharp, resonant chirp. The rest of the way is completely up to you. You can decorate your new toy with anything you see fit. You can cover the handle in polymer clay sculpted into intricate, extravagant designs, or you can simply put stickers on it. Paint it any way you wish. Personalize it so that every time you see or play with it, you'll feel proud of yourself for having made such a simple, yet fun and classical toy yourself. Enjoy!


  • If you're using spray paint, it's smartest to paint each individual part before assembling the hammer. This shouldn't be a problem if you're painting by hand with acrylic paint.
  • If the steps to crafting a whistle into the handle of the hammer weren't clear enough, consider looking up other tutorials on making whistles and flutes from PVC pipes and apply that to building the squeaky hammer.
  • If you have trouble finding the plastic or rubber bellows, there are many suppliers online, and they have bellows custom made to any shape or size you need. In this case, since PVC pipes are hard and striking someone could hurt, it's best to make the bellows as large as possible to cushion the blows from the hammer. However, the bellows must have a sleeve to fit into the hammerhead.
  • These steps can easily be modified to make hammers of different sizes, if that interests you.
  • This type of squeaky hammer actually produces a sharp, whistling noise. If you'd prefer it to make a sound more akin to that of a rubber duck, you can easily modify the steps. The easiest way would probably be to omit building the whistle into the handle and instead cut holes in each bellows in which to insert squeakers, which can be bought in pet stores.
  • To make the sound of the whistle high in pitch, you must clog the pipe with a stopper of some sort as close behind the whistle air hole as possible. What this does is make the air passage through the whistle short, and the shorter the air passage, the higher the note. An easier, but less aesthetically pleasing way to do this is to drill a hole almost directly behind the air hole. This new hole will stop the air passage, but it might not look as good. Stopping the air passage with wood can be more pleasing to the eye.

Things You'll Need

  • A PVC duct pipe, 12" in diameter and cut to 14" in length
  • A PVC pipe, an inch in diameter and cut to a meter in length
  • A pair of plastic or rubber bellows, large enough to fit snugly into each end of the 12" wide, 14" long duct pipe
  • A PVC pipe adapter to fit the inch wide, meter long pipe snugly
  • PVC end caps to fit over each end of the inch-wide, meter-long pipe
  • PVC cement
  • Tools, such as drills, saws and other such items
  • Additional parts, such as wood scraps
  • Spray or acrylic paint
  • Additional things with which to decorate your finished product

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