The Hammer Guide

There are several types of hammers used in woodworking which come in different weights starting at 6oz and go up to 38oz. In this guide we will be focusing on the Warrington hammer as this is the one Paul Sellers recommends. The handle is usually made from ash and the head is double ended. One end is formed into narrow taper for refining work, and the other end has a round striking face which is ever so slightly domed across the face.

Hammer on the workbench


The 10oz is a great weight for driving pins and tapping joints together. At this size this hammer is great for a variety of delicate and precise hammering tasks. However if you need something for larger nails and joints, a weight of 12oz and up would be more suitable. A claw hammer has a curved fork at one side of the hammerhead which helps to lever nails out of wood. To read more about using a hammer, click here.


Head- The top of the hammer, usually made of forged steel, a different material from the handle

Face- The round surface(s) on the end of the hammerhead used as a striking surface

Handle- The shaft, usually made from ash

Types of Hammer

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

Parts of a Hammer






Further Reading

To read more on the hammer, we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:


My Minimalist Tools- Another Hammer

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