Woodworking Chisel Basics - Part 1
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are dozens of different types of woodworking chisels available.
Most of this extensive variety falls within the carving chisel
category...and we'll reserve our comments on these for a later
the first of a two-part look at the "basic" types of chisels
that are most commonly found in the woodworking shop.
blade types and uses:
or Paring Chisels... typically have thin blades with
beveled side edges. Those with shorter blades are normally
classified as Bench Chisels while those with longer blades
are usually called Paring Chisels. Both of these styles are
designed primarily for carefully shaving away small amounts
of stock...and NOT for cutting deep mortises or removing large
amounts of material in a hurry. Bevel-edged Bench and Paring
Chisels are best used by pushing them with your hands for
maximum control...and should not be struck with a hammer or
Chisels...have blades that are a bit thicker and shorter
than Bench and Paring Chisels. This makes them stronger and
better suited for working in tight locations. This extra strength
and thickness means they can be struck with a hammer or mallet.
Chisels...have thick, rectangular-shaped blades, usually
with straight (not beveled) edges. They are designed for heavy
use in removing larger amounts of material and are normally
struck with a hammer or mallet.
Chisels...have rugged blades that are often thicker
than they are wide. They are designed to chop the waste out
of deep mortises and joinery and are normally struck with
a hammer or mallet.
WEEK - More Chisel Basics...