Called a chisel hammer by Paul Sellers, when being sold they can be listed as a ‘nylon hammer’, ‘assembly hammer’ or even a ‘soft-faced hammer’. Paul Sellers prefers a nylon faced hammer, (31-712R Thorex Nylon Hammer) his preferred size is is a 1 ½” (38mm). The head of the hammer is made from steel which…

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Chisel hammer is the term used by Paul Sellers to describe the hammer that he recommends for use in striking the end of the chisel handle and assembling joinery. It can be made from nylon, steel or brass. The type Paul Sellers recommends is sold as a ‘nylon hammer’, ‘assembly hammer’ or even a…

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To get the most from your hammer, you need to get the weight and balance ratio right. The Centre of Percussion (COP) is the optimum point on the hammer face that allows the best transfer of energy into whatever you are striking. With smaller hammers there is little you can do to take advantage of…

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Note: This guide is on both chisel hammers and warrington hammers. Paul recommends scraping off the varnish from the handle when you get a new wooden-handled hammer and he recommends adding 4 coats of boiled linseed oil over a few days. This finish will ensure the hammer handle keeps in great condition and lasts a long…

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When chopping paring or splitting, you should ensure the chisel is presented to the wood at the appropriate angle. PARE When you are paring wood you should rely on hand pressure only and use both hands to present the chisel to the wood. With your dominant hand on the handle and the other wrapped around…

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Chisels are one of the most commonly used tools in the history of woodworking. They are made up of a steel blade attached either to a wooden or plastic handle. Chisel hammers and wooden mallets are the tools we use to strike the end of the handle to allow you to split, chop and…

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…surface(s) on the end of the head used as a striking surface
Handle- The shaft, usually made from ash

The Warrington Hammer (Often called The Cross Peen Hammer)
Claw Hammer
Nylon Headed Hammer (Chisel Hammer)

Parts of a Hammer
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Relevant Guides

Further Reading
To read more on this we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:
My Minimalist Tools- Another…

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Note: Some oils spontaneously combust, see Paul’s blog post here, do not use these in the rag-in-a-can-oiler. Equipment Needed: 230g can Chisel Hammer Warrington Hammer (Steel Hammer) Rag- 10 inches wide, length will be determined by the width of the can and or the thickness of the material (this can be an old t-shirt or…

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When buying chisels, you will usually find a set of 4 or a set of 6. The set of 4 includes the 4 most common sizes listed below and the set of 6 includes the two additional sizes:

¼” (6mm)
½” (12mm)
¾” (18mm)
1” (25mm)

and 2 additional sizes

⅜” (10mm)
1¼” (32mm)

Some chisels come with a plastic handle and…

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…(51mm x 324mm)Ends x 2: Thickness ½″ (13mm) x 2” x 5 ¼” (51mm x 133mm)Base: Thickness 3/8″ (10mm) x 5 ¾” x 13 ¼” (146mm x 337mm) If you don’t have a board wide enough, glue two pieces together



Dovetail Template

Chisel hammer





Dovetail Saw

Sandpaper (1 x sheet of 120-150 grit & 1 x sheet of 220-250 grit)


1-1½” Natural Bristle…

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