Hammers / Mallets / Gentle Persuaders -
whatever you want to call them…

If you walk down the tool aisle, you’ll see different sizes and shapes of hammers.  The most common purpose of the hammer is to drive a nail.  Yet, not all nails are the same size, requiring different amounts of force.

Framing Hammershammers_mancaveinvaded
They range in size and weight.  Starting at the left is one you may use to actually frame a wall – or drive a nail through a 2×4.  It’s quite hefty.  In the middle is the hammer I usually opt for.  Lifting it with one hand is possible.  :)  The one on the end is the cutest hammer I ever did see.  It’s so cute I bought it as a fathers day present for Scott.  It rarely gets used, but you must admit – anything that small is darling…

Rubber Malletrubber_mallet_mancaveinvaded
Mallets aren’t always rubber.  They could be made out of metal or even wood.  The rubber mallet would be used when a softer blow may be required.  Not driving a nail into a 2×4, but for tapping a clamped piece of wood, nudging it into place.  Or, putting the lid back on a paint can.  I like it because it’s got some weight behind it, but it doesn’t leave a mark like a traditional hammer might.

Drill Hammerdrilling_hammer_mancaveinvaded
 What is this?  Sledge Hammer in mini form?Similar to the rubber mallet, but packs a punch.  Used for demo. :)

Nail Set
nailset_mancaveinvadedWhen driving nails, and doing precision work, you don’t want your nail heads to be raised from the wood.  But, you don’t want to hit the hammer head against your wood, leaving a mark.  Therefore, a nail-set is used.  The nail-set rests against the nail head while you hammer against it, and it forces the nail further into the wood so it’s recessed.


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