Woodworking Chisel Basics - Part 2
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week, we told you about the blades on the four basic types
of woodworking chisels and the intended use for each type.
week, we'll tell you about the different ways the blades are
attached to their handles and the best applications for one
over the other.
Chisels...typically have a tapered tang that is inserted
into a hole that's bored into the handle. Sometimes, the tang
emerges from a circular steel bolster that's part of the blade
forging. When the tang is driven onto the handle, the handle's
connecting end butts up against this bolster, providing a
large, steel surface for the handle to push against.
another attachment method, there is no forged-in bolster.
Instead, the connecting end of the handle includes a short,
round tenon that the tang is driven into. With this method,
the handle tenon is usually reinforced with an encircling
brass or steel ferrule.
Chisels are almost always of the Bench, Paring or Butt
variety and are not designed for striking with a hammer or
mallet. However, the tangs on some of these chisels go all
the way through their handles and can be seen emerging from
the opposite end. In this case, striking with a hammer or
mallet is perfectly acceptable.
Chisels...are usually of the Firmer or Mortising
variety. With this handle-mounting method, the chisel's blade
is forged with a hollow, tapered socket opposite its cutting
edge. This socket is designed to accept a matching taper that's
turned or molded onto the handle's connecting end.
a round, leather washer is used where the connecting end of
he handle meets the socket, providing a cushion when the chisel
handle is struck.
Chisels are meant to be struck with a mallet or hammer.