Hammers and Mallets
Woodworking's original blunt instrument has evolved into a wide range of specialized tools
Synopsis: Sometimes a little coercion is the most efficient response to a stubborn joint. From a 12-oz. curved-claw hammer to a Japanese hammer to a 2-lb. mason’s lump hammer or a brass-headed mallet, Mario Rodriguez describes the uses of each of his favorite 13 hammers and explains why he likes them best.
Fine woodworking is usually characterized by the careful cutting and fitting of joints that then slide together with only hand pressure. However, sometimes a little coercion is the most efficient response to a stubborn joint. In my shop I employ a variety of hammers and mallets to help me in a multitude of tasks: interior demolition and disassembly of existing work, dryfitting of carcases, built-in installations and adjustment of tools such as the blades on molding planes. My favorite hammers and mallets are laid out here, along with explanations of what I use them for.
16-oz. Straight Claw…