What is hand tool?

21 Dec

What is hand tool?

Hand tool, any of the implements used by craftsmen in manual operations, such as chopping, chiseling, sawing, filing, or forging. Complementary tools, often needed as auxiliaries to shaping tools, include such implements as the hammer for nailing and the vise for holding. A craftsman may also use instruments that facilitate accurate measurements: the rule, divider, square, and others. Power tools—usually hand-held, motor-powered implements such as the electric drill or electric saw—perform many of the old manual operations and as such may be considered hand tools.
Here is a pretty comprehensive list of hand tools that every woodworker or cabinet maker should think about having in his shop:
  • #1: The Claw Hammer
  • #2: The Tape Measure
  • #3: The Utility Knife
  • #5: The Chisel
  • #6: The Level
  • #7: The Screwdriver
  • #9: The Sliding Bevel
  • #10: The Layout Square

Point sharp tools (e.g., saws, chisels, knives) laying on benches away from aisles and handles should not extend over the edge of the bench top. Maintain tools carefully. Keep them clean and dry, and store them properly after each use. Carry tools in a sturdy tool box to and from the worksite.