Even in the days of impact drivers, cordless, battery-powered nailers , and more kinds of screw heads that one can name, sometimes a hammer is still the best tool for the job. And while the process seems simple, anyone who's ever used will tell you: there's a lot to go wrong. There's the physics, but also issues of accuracy, muscle control, the material into which you're driving, the type of hardware, and, of course, the final appearance of the project.
Makezine has assembled ten tips that discuss gear, force, hitting such a small target, and some solid ideas for strength of the joint. A few are definitely worth committing to memory.
Ten Tips for Hammering Nails [Makezine.com]