The tools are made of heavy-duty materials and the handles are double-dipped for added strength.

hand tools

Hand tools are an essential part of every tool box. They come in handy for a variety of tasks, from simple repairs to more complex projects.

right way

While they may seem straightforward to use, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Improper use of hand tools can not only make the job harder, but can also be dangerous. In this blog post, we’ll go over some tips on how to use hand tools the right way. Once a woodworking hand tool has been abused or damaged it will need to be sharpened. Sharpening woodworking hand tools is a bit different than sharpening tool bench tools like saws and chisels. Tool bench tools are sharpened by grinding away  the excess metal. 

There are many hand tools available, and it can be tempting to stock your tool box with as many pieces as possible. However, it’s important to only buy tools that you really need. 

In other words, don’t overload your tool box with hand tools just because you can. Instead, only purchase what you really need to properly accomplish the tasks at hand

Once you have your tool box stocked, take some time to think about how each tool should be used. The manufacturer included instructions with the tool for a reason.


While these instructions are intended to guide beginners, they may not always lead to the most efficient or safest way of doing things. Professional craftsmen and handymen tend to have their own ways of doing things that deviate from the instructions. This doesn’t mean that you should disregard the instructions completely, but rather that you should try to learn alternative ways of using a tool that might make things easier  or faster. Hand tools are relatively sturdy, but they can be damaged if you aren’t careful. Woodworking hand tools, such as chisels and plane blades, are the most vulnerable. These parts can be easily bent and distorted when struck by a shear blade of metal. 

vulnerable parts

vulnerable parts that can be damaged if you push or pull the tool past its limits. Again, reading the instructions that came with the tool will help you understand its capabilities. If you find yourself struggling with a tool and wondering why it isn’t performing as well as you think it should, you might want to examine it to see if it has any damage.

The best way to avoid damage is to use the tool the way it was designed to be used. Once you understand how a tool works, there is little reason to abuse it.

In fact, abusing a tool will typically make your jobs take longer because you will have to repair the damaged part before you can continue working.

Other hand tools, such as screwdrivers, also have tips that can be damaged if pushed against a material that it’s not designed to penetrate.

metal blade

Make sure the metal blade is aligned with the wood before striking the chisel or plane to prevent damage.