A hammer, wood, and a few good nails are the most important wood working tools

Sounds a little over the top, doesn’t it? It takes more than a hammer and nails to create any piece of furniture. True. But in a pinch, a hammer, a few pieces of wood and nails will help you build some simple stuff. Articles on wood router reviews are coming do not worry!

Lowly, humble hammers actually are more advanced wood workings tool than one would think at first glance. A hammer can serve to put things together by driving nails. It also rips stuff apart and serves as a crowbar in the process. Because of this multi-functionality and because it can easily serve you a lifetime, one should carefully select a hammer.

There are several things to look for when selecting a hammer:

  • The material of the handle.

Wooden handles are the first and original material for the handle of a hammer.  Other materials are plastic and metal. And then there are all metallic hammers from the handle to the head.

Each of the materials used for the handle gives the hammer a different characteristic.

Wooden handles are the most forgiving. They are also easier on your elbows and your arm.

Composite hammers, with metal or plastic handles, are far less forgiving. Use a hammer for a day and you will notice the difference the next day.

  • The shape of the head.

Hammerheads have either one of two surfaces. They are either flat or slightly curved. Curved heads are called bell-faced. A bell-faced hammer drives nails deeper into the wood. It leaves them more flush with the wooden surface. Fewer missed strikes too.

  • The claw.

It can be straight or curved down and towards the handle. If it is, the claw can act as a crowbar for disassembling things. It facilitates removing old nails.