- Skill Building Hand-Tool Exercises
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 Chisels
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 Chisel
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 Chisel
Learn how to carve this most important hand tool used in carving for undercutting or cleaning out corners
- Cut a Mortise in Minutes
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 Skills
Free online extras for our newsstand-only publication featuring expert hand-tool advice and demonstrations
- Q & A: Reseating a Socket Chisel Handle
- Get the Most from Your Bench Chisels
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 ...
- Video: Bench Chisel Techniques
Review the basics of chopping and paring with a chisel in the last of our 10-question series on choosing and using chisels
- Video: How to Hone a Chisel
Learn one method for creating a scary-sharp edge in part nine of our 10-question series on choosing and using chisels
- Video: Quick Tip: Sharpen a Chisel Square
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
- Video: Soup-Up a Flea Market Chisel
Learn to make a new handle and revive the blade in part seven of our 10-question series on choosing and using chisels
- Get a Handle on Your Chisels
There are premium chisels out there at flea markets, estate sales, and auctions--provided you know how to make your own handles. Bob Smalser demonstrates how to ...
- Make a Chisel Handle
Create a custom handle for your socket chisel in ten steps and practice basic hand tool use along the way
- Video: Chop a Hinge Mortise
Rough out the mortise, then chop and pare to the lines