Modifying Stock Chisels

Out-of-the box chisels can derail your chances of tight dovetails. Improve almost any tool with these quick fixes.
By Lonnie Bird
Pages: 61-63

From the  February 2006 issue #153
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In my recent article on cutting dovetails (“Your First Handcut Dovetails,” February 2005) I stated that the process of creating this time-honored joint is simply sawing and chiseling to a line. And it is. But like any hand-tool process, you’ll achieve the best results and greatest personal satisfaction if the tools are sharp and in tune. I’m sure that you’ve read articles on the importance of tuning hand planes. Most chisels need tuning, too. But I think you’ll find the process of tuning chisels to be less time-consuming than tuning a plane. Best of all, the quality of your work will improve. Read on and I’ll explain the problems with many chisels and how  you can quickly and easily modify them before tackling that next set of dovetails.

From the  February 2006 issue #153
Buy this issue now