Chisels

Chisels are one of the most fundamental and least understood woodworking hand tools – and there are literally hundreds of chisels and chisel sets available on both the new and used market, so how do you decide what to buy and how do you learn how to use a chisel? Look no further – the editors of Popular Woodworking Magazine show you how to choose the best chisels for the kind of work you want to do, and show you how to set up, sharpen and use this important woodworking tool.

Stop Chamfers and Brown Liquor

When I worked at a liquor bottling plant one summer, the bosses found out I was in college and decided to put me in charge of the robots. I had to summon the robots from the warehouse, pick up an entire pallet of coffee liquor with a giant robot arm and load it on...

'Swounds!

Christopher is at our off-site photo studio today shooting video segments on the proper use of hand tools for some upcoming “Shop Classes”  (the videos are tentatively scheduled for an August release). But, it seems he’s paying more attention to how he looks on camera than to what he’s doing…or perhaps he’s simply channeling...

16-787-Beauty

More Details on the New Stanley Chisels

Until we get some sets of these chisels in-house, there’s no way to answer all of our (or your) questions about these tools. However, thanks to Publisher Steve Shanesy, we now have more details from the Stanley press conference and , if you can stand it , a little speculation on my part at...

My Embarrassing Tool-setting Jig

This is by request. And for me this is like showing you my basement. Did you see the pawn shop’s basement in “Pulp Fiction?” It’s like that , but without the Spandex, leather and shotguns. A reader asked to see the angle-setting guide I use for setting my tools in my side-clamp honing guide...

First Fuzzy Shots of the New Stanley Chisels

Stanley Toolworks unveiled three new hand tools today at a press conference in New York City , two different kinds of chisels and a shoulder plane. I couldn’t attend the press conference, but Publisher Steve Shanesy is there (as I type this) taking photos with his phone. I don’t have a lot of details...

10 Tool Features that Frustrate Me

Some days I forget that not all woodworking tools are designed by woodworkers (see: many of the honing guides on the market). And I forget that some tools are just designed to trick your family members into buying them for you at Christmas (see also: the battery-operated tape measure and C-clamp). This weekend as...

'Adequate' is the New 'Premium'

Sometimes I feel a tad guilty for owning tools from Veritas, Lie-Nielsen and Blue Spruce. But then I pick up my very first chisel and I get over it. I’ve had that chisel since I graduated from college , it’s a 1/2″ chisel I bought at WalMart and it’s branded Popular Mechanics (is that...

Book Review: 'The Perfect Edge' by Ron Hock

In the interest of full disclosure, the following book , “The Perfect Edge” , is being published by my parent company, F+W Media. Also, I consider the author, Ron Hock, a good friend. Oh, and once I got on stage and shook it with a belly dancer in Greece after too many grape leaves...

Lie-Nielsen Adds O1 Steel Back Into its Line

In a move that will please traditionalists and people who pare, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks has started offering some plane irons and chisels made using oil-hardened (O1) steel , in addition to the more modern A2 steel. The O1 steel is available right now in the 2″- and 2-3/8″-wide bench plane irons, according to Thomas Lie-Nielsen....