Three Ways To Use a Chisel


When you are investing in tools, you may think that it is generally best to stay away from cheap tools. After all, low price equals low quality, right? In most cases, this would be correct. However, it is not always. While there is some equipment, such as a drill, that you should definitely invest in to buy a more expensive option, a chisel is one of the tools that you can buy cheaply and have it work just as well. Here are three ways to use your chisel.


Chisels can be used for paring, helping you slice off small shavings of wood to re-shape an object. When you pare, you should always secure the wood on a flat surface. You can do this using any sort of weight; however, your best option is to use a vise if you have one. Position the chisel at an angle to the wood; you can move any way — in accordance with the wood's grain or not. Use one hand to keep the chisel's handle securely in place, and use the other hand to direct and use force on the part of the chisel that is doing the paring. Raising the chisel's handle will cause the cut to be deeper.


Another type of chisel is a masonry chisel. This tool is typically wider than the paring chisel. Additionally, the masonry chisel is a bit duller. While the paring chisel is meant to add detail, the masonry chisel is meant to give force. Masonry chisels are typically used to shape brick or stone, a stronger material than the wood with which a paring chisel works. With this chisel, you will generally mark the place you want to divide and place the masonry chisel at a 90-degree angle to that surface. You will then use a hammer to put force on the masonry chisel and cause the two sides of the object to break apart. The break will not be completely smooth.

Firm Chisel

With this chisel, you can work with wood that is a bit tougher. The firm chisel is a balance between the paring chisel and the masonry chisel. You will use a mallet as you did with the hammer and the masonry chisel, but you will not drive the firm chisel in at a 90-degree angle. A 45-degree angle is better. Chisel in thin layers to protect your wood from splitting in an undesired fashion.

Each of the above tools has a different purpose and does not need to be an expensive investment for you to have a functioning, efficient tool.


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