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.
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.
To drive a chisel (thick chisel for slotting) into the wood, use a heavy wooden mallet, usually of rectangular section.
Made from materials that measure rebound and achieve greater precision, mallets with cylindrical striking surfaces are used by sculptors.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!