How to Use a Wood Chisel

Once you’ve got the back flat, and the front sharp, you’re pretty much ready to go. Using these chisels is very simple. There’re basically two operations you’re going to do with chisels. One is called paring, which is a horizontal, slicing motion. The other is a chopping, or mallet work, where you’ve got the chisel in a vertical position and you’re chopping down into an opening, trying to square something. Paring is often used when you’re just cleaning up the face of the joint that might be rough from saw marks.

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