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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 04-29-2012 10:10 PM 569 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Texchappy

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04-29-2012 10:10 PM

I’m starting to get into woodworking and in particular hand tool woodworking. I’ve got one concern. Chisels. I (apparently) have fibromyalgia—another gift of my PTSD. Part of that is numbness and weakness in the hands (sometimes acute). Are there any techniques or tools that would help me with doing paring or mallet work?

I have a 375g Japanese Daruma hammer coming as a general hammer – will it be the best (or at least acceptable) hammer to chisel with (my first chisel is Japanese as well).

-- Wood is not velveeta


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#1 posted 04-29-2012 10:22 PM

Use as light a finger pressure as both tools will allow.

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 10:28 PM

Thanks, I think I understand what you mean. BTW, I was eyeing one of those funny little Glen-Drake brass hammers for chiseling eventually – would they help?

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 10:31 PM

The little mallets are awesome. I just made one myself. You also might think about getting some padding to wrap the handles (Like bicycle handlebar tape) Something that will both deaden shocks through your hands and give a more distributed grip.

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#4 posted 04-29-2012 10:35 PM

The purpose of a large head on a mallet is so you can focus on the blade. The Glen-Drake has a small head and you would be paying more attention to the blow/strike than the blade. I would stay with a larger wooden head just for the forgiveness.

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