I’m not a hand tool guy. There, I’ve said it. If I can find a way to use a power tool, I will. That said, I, like most woodworkers, do use hand tools on a regular basis. My experience has been that most woodworkers who have an aversion to hand tools (like me) weren’t taught the proper use and care of hand tools when they first encountered them. And that’s too bad, because there are a lot of benefits to hand tools…when prepared and used correctly. That’s what Christopher Schwarz’ Hand Tool Basics series on ShopClass On Demand is all about. Teaching the benefits of hand tools, and how they can complement and blend with power tools.
One of the hand tools that all woodworkers need are chisels. In the recently posted Chisel Basics segment, Chris cuts through what I have always considered to be “too much” information about chisels that have been offered in many places.