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Everyone knows, or thinks to know, the hammer. It is a little less obvious for the mallet and the mass. Do you use these tools correctly? Some basic tips.

Use a carpenter's hammer

Mallets

Mallets

Iron on iron, wood on wood: hitting nails, sheet metal, metal tools with a hammer and wood chisels (except those of carpenter, forged handle) with a mallet.

Carpentry: hit with the right hammer: hammer

To drive a chisel (thick chisel for slotting) into the wood, use a heavy wooden mallet, usually of rectangular section.

Carpentry: hit with the right hammer: wood

Made from materials that measure rebound and achieve greater precision, mallets with cylindrical striking surfaces are used by sculptors.

The hammers

The hammers

For delicate work (here nailing a glass bead), hold the tool near the head and use the index finger to guide it. Without abusing it: the index holds the shock.

Carpentry: hit with the right hammer: right

In places not very accessible, to avoid damaging the surfaces near the point of impact, hit a hammer with another: it transmits to the nail the shock of the first.

Carpentry: hit with the right hammer: wood

To better distribute the nails, plant them partially on one of the elements, then present the latter on the second piece to finish pushing them.

The nail chaser

The nail chaser

It is impossible to push man-headed points without marking the wood. Hit the head of the nail with a nail chaser, metal cylinder with curved end.

The carpenter's hammer

The carpenter's hammer

To straighten a twisted nail, use a carpenter's hammer, very practical, even if it is more intended for disassembly and stripping than for the correction of errors.

hold the sleeve

hold the sleeve

Do not hold the hammer near the head. Instead use the entire length of the handle.
It is the inertia of the tool that gives the force of striking, not the muscles of the user!


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