This short and light-hearted post from Fair Woodworking reminds us that even if you have the right tools to do the job, sometimes a gentler approach yields far more than a “Ham Fisted” one. Enjoy!
One of my favorite terms in blogging is “Ham Fisted Woodworker”. To me it has many meanings, but for today it refers to how we all can just turn off our brains in hopes of achieving fine woodwork by way of brute force.
Using a mallet of any kind paired with a chisel is a complex algorithm of weight/force/mass/and powdered unicorn dust. I won’t pretend to understand it, and I’m also not going to allow any “It’s simple physics” talk either.
What I can simplify it down to is this. When you hit something, it will either collapse and absorb the energy, or it will resist collapsing and transfer the energy into forward motion.
I’m not a Physics Major so relax! I’m close enough to get through this post.
Chisel handles dent or split when more force is applied to the handle than the wood the handle is made of…
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