Portable Hammer





Introduction: Portable Hammer

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Portable hammer for light nailing when you need to nail out in the field but don't want to bring a regular hammer for weight reasons.
1. Piece of 1x2 Pine
2. 2 screws, 1.25 inches (I used Spax #1 Square)
3. Metal mending plate.
4. Screwdriver (in my case #1 Square)

Step 1: Secure Metal Plate

1. Align the plate to the narrow side of the 1x2.
2. Begin driving in the 2 screws, making sure that they go in straight.
3. Once you are sure they are driving straight, screw them all the way down to the surface of the metal plate.
4. To use, hit the head of the nails with the metal plate.
5. Please note that this is for portable, light duty use only.



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    About 20 years ago, an old carpenter taught me if you want a really useful light duty hammer that also can function as a pry bar, a scratch awl, or a screwdriver, all you need is....a screwdriver.

    Just hold the screwdriver backwards and use the handle as the head of the hammer. Flick your wrist to swing it. It works pretty good as long and you aren't trying to pound nails into really dense material (oak would be a challenge). Obviously a hammer is best, but when you find yourself up a ladder or on a roof needing to pound in one or two nails and your hammer is nowhere to be found, this comes in really handy.

    A couple tips:

    Screwdrivers without the rubber coating on the handle work best as they will transfer the energy to the nail better.

    The longer and heavier the screwdriver, the easier it will be to pound nails.

    The closer to the point you hold it, the harder it will hit. I usually only hold it with my thumb and index finger so I maximize the arc of the swing.

    If you don't like my Instructable, don't look it.

    Put the metal half an inch off the block and its a portable scraper

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    Curious...but would it work well as a hammer?

    You never know though this could be the start of something bigger so full steam ahead

    But this is supposed to be a portable hammer now I have to carry around a collection to meet various needs. I might as well carry a hammer and adjust my swing. A for effort nice Instructables organization and pics.

    What would be a realistic reason to need this and not a small hammer?

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    It is much lighter, particularly when going out into the field.

    Thank you! Much appreciated.

    This might not be a complex idea, but it is nevertheless a very very useful one! The simple idea of covering a wooden face with a piece of metal is very cost effective and so it allows you to affordably create a whole collection of them with slightly different masses. Either variations in the mass of the wood or if the protective metal attachment. Why would you want different mass hammers you might ask? If so maybe it has been too long since you took a physics class? Basic physics gives us this formula... for elastic collisions m1*v1 + m2*v1 = m1v2 + m2*v2 I realize I may have written this formula a little weird or nonstandard and I am too lazy to explain all the variables at the moment but basically it says that if you want to impart maximum velocity from the sticking object (the hammer) to the stricken object (the nail) then the mass and hardness of the objects should be as close to each other as possible. So if you want to drive a large nail use a large hammer and if you want to drive a small nail use a small hammer. This Instructable provides an easy way to make a virtually perfect hammer for any nail (be it s huge or tiny.) Thus, to me it is a brilliant idea! A simple idea that can be scaled simply and used widely for a great plethora of situations.... There is a type of genius that makes great ideas and another type that sees the full utility of other ideas however simple or complex! People Mk don't make the mistake of assuming that a "a very simple idea" is a bad or low merit one! The best ideas are "sneaky" in that their simplicity often hides their full value . They might even bore you with their common-ness but if you can think at those ideas used others places then they can truly become the seeds of your own creative genius!

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    Thank you for your kind words GreenAvenger! Very wise indeed. You have added a tremendous amount of insight I didn't even consider!

    Why take a hammer if you can make something that event does not resemble a hammer xD I often use heave metal pieces lying around as hammer (since the real hammer needs two more steps to get it from the shelf).

    An excellent philosophy to live by! :-)