Originally Posted by LLBeanJ
And when using a hammer as a "helper", the dead-blow type works pretty well.
+1 on that, and a dirt-cheap deadblow can be had from Harbor Freight. So simple even they can't screw it up.
(admittedly, I do have a HF bandsaw, jointer, and lathe that all perform admirably after a little tweaking, since all they're all clones of Jet tools made in Taiwan).