Hammer might be the tool that every house in the world would have and everybody would have known about it. Meanwhile, I bet that not all of you know about mallet. Both of them also have several types that you could choose to buy and each of them would give different result and impact.
In the woodworking world, both of these tools might not as necessary as other tools and you wouldn’t use them as often as other tools. But at some point I do believe that you would need both of them. You probably thinking that I have a hammer in the house why would I need to buy another one? They should do the same job. Well, there are couples of them and the mallet so you probably need to know which one is the best and in the woodworking which one that suits you the most that you really need to buy.
Generally, both of these tools are being used to knock down or hit on other tools. But what tools that each of them hit on is different. Hammer usually used to hit on metal while mallet usually used to hit on other woods.
Types of Mallet For Woodworking
Mallet is usually known for striking a chisel but you have to choose the right mallet. The best mallet for striking a chisel is the wooden mallet. Besides for striking a chisel, a wooden mallet could also be used for aligning parts and assembling or disassembling joints but this tool is not suitable to strike on anything metal and sharp.
There are two kinds or styles of wooden mallets that people usually use for striking a chisel: English-style Chisel Mallet and Carver’s Mallet. The English-style Chisel Mallet also known for “Bench Mallet” or “Carpenter’s Mallet”. The shape of it is like the powerful hammer that character Thor has. Some people claimed that this kind of mallet is the best if you use them for cutting dovetails and chopping mortises.You could buy this kind of mallet at quite affordable price or you could even make it yourself.
Meanwhile the carver’s mallet has a round head shaped. Judging by its name, yes this mallet is best used for carving and making joints. This mallet is usually be used in a more delicate process. Of course you could buy this or make it yourself.
The other famous mallet is the rubber types. Usually there are two kinds, the white rubber and the black rubber or the dark colored rubber mallet. These rubber mallets are for assemble the wooden product that you created or just to align every part of it so it is strong and there won’t be any part that loosen up from the others, usually used when you are making furniture. The difference about the colors is that the dark colored rubber mallet tend to leave a mark on the surface it was hit on. If the surface is a bright color then the mark won’t be a nice touch to it so that’s why the white rubber mallet is the safest one.
Types of Hammer For Woodworking
Hammer is the most common people known about it. But probably not a lot of people knew that there are also several types of hammer. There are two types of it that woodworker usually used, the dead-blow hammer and the wood handled claw hammer.
The claw hammer usually used for drive in nails, this kind of hammer is not only being used in woodworking, when you need to do some job done with nails then this is the one. One of the sides has a claw shaped which is useful for tearing out any nails that might be misplaced. Probably this hammer might not be used quite often as in woodworking nails are rarely used.
The second one is the dead-blow hammer that people mostly used in woodworking. This hammer has a round and hollow head, this will allow you to hit on something without the hammer bouncing back. This hammer will give you a gentle touch to the surface but comes with a solid hit, so you don’t really need to take the full effort to knock them down that probably might damage the things that you are working on.
The certain functions of a dead-blow hammer are assembling or disassembling joints, aligning parts, setting dowels or splines, and adjusting or tuning tools. But you have to pay attention not to do these things such as striking chisels, driving nails or other fasteners, and hitting sharp objects, because it will just damage the woods.
Woodworking might involve using a chisel a lot rather than involve using nails. Also, most of you probably already have a hammer in your house so you could use that even though it’s not really suitable for the work but that’ll do it, just have to be careful while using it. Mallet has a really specific function that can’t be replaced by other tools so I think you should get them first.
Either hammer or mallet is needed in the woodworking. You might not be able to choose between those two as each of them has a certain function that the other can’t do or it will just damage the product. You could buy each of them so it will give you the perfect result. Also, of course you could find them in you local shop easily and the prices aren’t really expensive.