Chisels - Fine Woodworking How-To


R.A. Salaman’s Dictionary of Woodworking Tools devotes 17 pages to chisels -- many that would be familiar to contemporary woodworkers but many others whose long-lost purposes we can only wonder about. The sheer number of chisel varieties is a reflection
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  • Mitered DovetailsMitered Dovetails

    by John Tetreault

    A dovetailed box is a fine example of craftsmanship in its own right. Add a miter to the top edge and it's even more slick. Add a second miter to hide the through-grooves ...

  • The Secret to Better ChiselingThe Secret to Better Chiseling

    by Michael Pekovich

    If you are not happy with your chisels, the problem may be in how they are being used. Even an expensive chisel won't hold an edge for long if you take heavy cuts. ...

  • How to Turn Chisel Handles that Fit Your GripHow to Turn Chisel Handles that Fit Your Grip

    by John Tetreault

    Making handles for your chisels is a great way to bring together a mismatched set and to customize the fit to your own hand. All you need is a few scraps of hardwood ...

  • Skill Building Hand-Tool ExercisesSkill Building Hand-Tool Exercises

    by Jeff Miller

    To firmly master the use of hand tools such as the handsaw, chisel, and handplane, you need to practice. Practice builds and reinforces your muscle memory, letting ...

  • Choosing and Using Japanese ChiselsChoosing and Using Japanese Chisels

    by John Reed Fox

    There is a reason why Japanese hand tools have such a great reputation—solid craftsmanship. And when it comes to chisels, John Reed Fox says, Japanese varieties ...

  • How To Set Up Your New Japanese ChiselHow To Set Up Your New Japanese Chisel

    by John Reed Fox

    If you're buying a Japanese chisel for the first time, you need to know that it will require some setup before you can use it. For these tools come in what Westerners ...

  • Sharpening a Skew ChiselSharpening a Skew Chisel

    by Dan Faia

    Learn how to carve this most important hand tool used in carving for undercutting or cleaning out corners

  • Cut a Mortise in MinutesCut a Mortise in Minutes

    by Christian Becksvoort

    The time-honored practice of cutting mortises with a drill and chisel can be frustrating, mainly because the process of chiseling out the waste between drilled ...

  • Hand Tool SkillsHand Tool Skills

    by Fine Woodworking editors

    Free online extras for our newsstand-only publication featuring expert hand-tool advice and demonstrations

  • Reseating a Socket Chisel HandleQ & A: Reseating a Socket Chisel Handle

    by Bob Smalser

  • Get the Most from Your Bench ChiselsGet the Most from Your Bench Chisels

    by Chris Gochnour

    They've been used by generations of woodworkers and are still one of the most versatile hand tools in the shop. As Chris Gochnour explains, chisels are invaluable ...

  • Bench Chisel TechniquesVideo: Bench Chisel Techniques

    with Garrett Hack

    Review the basics of chopping and paring with a chisel in the last of our 10-question series on choosing and using chisels

  • How to Hone a ChiselVideo: How to Hone a Chisel

    with Garrett Hack

    Learn one method for creating a scary-sharp edge in part nine of our 10-question series on choosing and using chisels

  • Quick Tip: Sharpen a Chisel SquareVideo: Quick Tip: Sharpen a Chisel Square

    with Garrett Hack

    A square edge isn't required but you can watch one way to get one in part eight in our 10-question series on choosing and using chisels

  • Soup-Up a Flea Market ChiselVideo: Soup-Up a Flea Market Chisel

    with Garrett Hack

    Learn to make a new handle and revive the blade in part seven of our 10-question series on choosing and using chisels

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