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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    by John Reed Fox

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    by Fine Woodworking editors

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

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    with Garrett Hack

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    with Garrett Hack

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    with Garrett Hack

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    with Garrett Hack

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