10 essential hand tools
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The round type wasn’t always my favourite, but it is now because any side of the head works equally well. You just grab the tool and strike. My 32-oz. lignum vitae mallet has been with me since the early 1990s, and I turn to it when I need to deliver heavy blows. Since then, I’ve added a lighter weight, 20-oz., urethane-wrapped, hard-maple mallet for finer work. The rubber urethane around the head cushions shock, so it’s easier on the wooden handles of smaller chisels, and is quieter and more pleasant to use.
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