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#1 posted 12-27-2011 03:20 PM

Using a hammer with a metal head damages the handles. This is especially true of chisels with wooden handles, but is also true of modern chisels with plastic handles (I have at least one that shows the consequences of using a hammer).

The simple rule is to use a metal headed hammer with metal tools such as nail and centre punches – and nails of course. Use a mallet, typically wooden but rubber will do, for chisels.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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