This is not a drill! I repeat, this is not a drill! It’s a VEX IQ Hammer! This Father’s Day we’ve got just the tool you need to jump in with dad and build something together. In this #HEXDIY we are going to show you how to make a toy hammer for dad to keep on his workbench and remind him of his little helper. Using VEX IQ pieces you already have; follow along with the instructions below to create your very own VEX IQ Hammer! To see all of the VEX Robotics kits by HEXBUG clicking HERE.
Before you begin: You may need an adult or guardian’s assistance with putting together the pieces.
- (2) 2X4 pieces
- (4) 2×8 pieces
- (2) 2×10 pieces
- (2) angled beams
- (8) connector pins
- (10) extended connector pins
Building the Hammer
Step 1. Start with (3) 2 x 8 pieces. Select one of the pieces to be the center and drive 4 extended connector pins through the last 4 holes. Then, place the other 2 x 8 pieces onto the pins using the 4 holes in the center of each plate. This will give us a base that everything will secure to as we move forward.
Step 2. Now create a head and claw for your hammer by attaching the (2) 2 x 4 pieces and the (2) angled beams to the base of the hammer by using 4 connector pins on the front and back of each side. By using 2 pins, we ensure that the head and claw remain in place.
Step 3. You’re almost done! Now that the head of your hammer is complete; it’s time to build a grip so it can be easily held. Insert 2 extended connector pins into the last 2 holes on the bottom of your hammer’s stem.
( The color of the extended pins should be the color of your handle so everything looks clean )
STEP 4. This will be the hardest step so pay close attention. Place 4 extended connector pins in all four corners of your final 2 x 8 piece. Finally, using all of the exposed pins; use the (2) 2 x 10 pieces to make the grip of your hammer by securing the pins in the stem of the head, and the pins in the colored centerpiece between them.
All done! Now you have a tool dad will surely add to his belt. Be sure to show us your hammer by using the hashtag #HEXDIY and tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Happy Father’s Day from HEXBUG!