Michael Podmaniczky says a paring chisel is the most basic and useful tool, and it’s versatile, too, doubling as a plane, a drawknife, even a cabinet scraper. He explains correct and incorrect uses of the paring chisel, grip variations, and tells you how to use your chin and the weight of your head to drive the chisel sometimes. He advises practice techniques and shows, using photos and illustrations, how to achieve various cuts – paring to a shoulder line, chamfering, and flattening endgrain. Side information by Sandor Nagyszalanczy discusses Bahco’s ergonomic chisel design.

From Fine Woodworking #64