Hammers have been around for centuries. From the early Egyptians to today’s modern framer, hammers are one of the most basic of all woodworking fastening tools as well as one of the most commonly used. But besides striking nails and pulling out bent ones, hammers can be useful for other purposes. Here’s my personal list of five things you didn’t know a hammer could.
Magnetic nail set
If you’ve ever built something up high and tried to drive a nail, setting the nail can be the most difficult part. While the hammer extends your reach a foot or so, your hand can only hold the nail so far up on the board. A hammer like Stanley’s FatMax Graphite Checkered Face Framing Hammer has a magnetic set on top of the head. Simply set a nail and swing the hammer to set the nail. Now your reach can be extended the length of the hammer.
Ball Peen 6-in-1 tool set
Not all hammers are used for woodworking. When mechanics and fine tuning tools are needed, the GAM Manufacturing Company has a ball peen hammer with a twist. In the solid brass handle lies four different tools making this ball peen hammer a complete tool set.
Interchangeable Rubber Mallet
If you work with fine woods and metals, you know that using a regular hammer is like using sandpaper to wash dishes-it’s not a good idea. Switching between rubber mallets and regular hammers can be time consuming. Use the Hammer Bumper from Hammersource.com.
Dead Blow Hammers
Also known as a maul; these hand held mini-sledge hammers contain a hollow core filled with sand that reflects the blowback of the recoil. Check out more about Dead Blow Hammers Here.
The ultimate in wrecking tools, this puts the sledgehammer to shame when it comes to destruction. The Fubar is an 18″ pry bar/hammer that rips at 2×4’s, crushes concrete and destroys nails. Check out more at stanleytools.com.