I recently stumbled upon this instructable, and it got me thinking; what else could be done to improve the humble hammer? I had some ideas in the back of my mind, and when I saw the Hand Tools Only Contest I decided to stop procrastinating and get to work. After all, what better entry for a contest about hand tools than a hand tool itself? My updated hammer has a screwdriver with interchangeable bits, a ruler for rough measurements, a magnet for holding nails and screws, and a bottle opener for when the job is done. I've used it a couple times, and I find myself using all the features; I assembled an entire IKEA bookcase using only this hammer. If anyone can think of any other additions to the hammer let me know!
Step 1: What You Need:
- An old hammer
- Tape measure
- A Sharpie
- Strong magnet
- A nail with a large head
Step 2: The Bottle Opener
- Drill a hole the diameter of the nail in roughly the same position as in the first image (about 5/8" from the bottom of the head of the hammer). Drill about halfway through the hammer.
- Insert the nail into the hole and measure the depth of the hole. Add 3/8" to the depth. That is how long you want the nail to be. Cut off any excess from the pointy end.
- Insert the nail into the hole. Check to make sure the head sticks out roughly 3/8". If it does, epoxy it in place.