This 8oz stubby ball pein hammer is made from an extra strong high grade carbon steel. It has a soft rubber grip handle.
Having the most suitable tools makes a big difference and can reduce risk. The four main woodworking tools are:
The best hammer is a “stubby” ball-pein hammer. They are designed for adults to hammer in awkward places but they could not be more perfect for young children. They are a perfect weight for young children, have short handles so are more controllable and have a large hitting surface making it easier to hammer the nail.
Schools used to use long pin-head hammers which made it much more likely children would miss the nail.
Saws that cut on the pull stroke are so much easier for young children, being more controllable and require less effort. There are many pull saws available these days. I am a huge advocate of Japanese pull saws – these are light, have thin blades and everyone who uses them is taken aback but how easy they are to use. These are used with both hands holding the handle.
The best hand drills are those with enclosed mechanisms as there is no chance fingers can get caught in the exposed cogs. Ensure work is clamped when drilling. Short drill-bits are less likely to snap.
Use a stubby pozidriv screwdriver. Short-handled screwdrivers are easier to control and the Pozidriv “cross” shape means the screwdriver is less likely to slip out from the screw.
Top 20 woodwork tips for early years
In December 2018 Pete shared this excellent pdf of 20 woodworking tips.