Friday Wisdom – Andrew’s shop rules

Donโ€™t use force, get a bigger hammer.

More wisdom next Friday,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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15 Responses to Friday Wisdom – Andrew’s shop rules

  1. There’s some law of physics in that somewhere…


    • F = MA, were F is force, M is mass and A is acceleration. So in fact this saying is really false because if you get a bigger hammer, you’re increasing mass which increases force, provided you’re maintaining the same acceleration. But the whole subject is better contemplated over a nice glass or wine or three.

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  2. And “measure twice, cut once.” I was told that again and again, but I still learned it the hard way. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. LOL. Unless you’re a Jedi, right?


  4. George says:

    Ahhh…that’s a great analogy for many things..:)


  5. Dave Foyle says:

    Hmmm…..I understand the concept, but for some reason if Obi-Wan had said “Use the ‘bigger hammer’, Luke”, it wouldn’t have quite worked as well. ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. I’m a staunch advocate of the ‘bigger hammer’ theory. It’s been quite successful in my home maintenance in the past.


    • I keep hammers of many sizes in my shop from small tack hammers all the way up to a 10lb sledge hammer. Just depends on the job and the relative frustration level.


  7. jfwknifton says:

    Sounds like a university examination question. “Donโ€™t use force, get a bigger hammer”. Discuss American military involvement in XXXXXXX in the light of this statement.


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