When buying chisels, you will usually find a set of 4 or a set of 6. The set of 4 includes the 4 most common sizes listed below and the set of 6 includes the two additional sizes:

¼” (6mm)
½” (12mm)
¾” (18mm)
1” (25mm)

and 2 additional sizes

⅜” (10mm)
1¼” (32mm)

Some chisels come with a plastic handle and […]

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Chisels are one of the most commonly used tools in the history of woodworking. They are made up of a steel blade attached either to a wooden or plastic handle. Chisel hammers and wooden mallets are the tools we use to strike the end of the handle to allow you to split, chop and […]

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[…] starting with freehand sharpening. The honing guide is useful if you want to achieve an exact angle, however there is a bit of leeway when sharpening as chisels can be sharpened anywhere between 25-35° and plane blades can be sharpened anywhere between 25-30°.

Often honing guides have distances etched into the body which helps you […]

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[…] guides, Paul advises you on buying the right tools for your beginners toolbox to help you get started in woodworking.

To make the 3 main joints, you will need:

Chisels– 1″ and 1/2″(Approximately £15 for 2)
Chisel Hammer (£16)
Combination Square (£10)
Tenon or Dovetail saw (£20)
Woodworkers Knife (£8)
Combination Gauge (£10)
Sliding bevel (£15) or you can use a protractor

If […]

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The router plane is used to refine cuts which are either made by chisels, saws or machines. In use, the blade cuts in a similar way to a chisel but the blade is fixed within a wooden or metal body and has an adjustment mechanism making this a true plane.

Uses
A router is used to […]

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[…] compound
Strop (block of plywood ¾” (19mm) thick by 3” (76mm) by 10” (254mm) long with leather glued on to cover one surface)

Setting Up
Whether you have purchased your chisels new or second-hand, it is important to check the flatness of the large flat face and flatten and polish as necessary (Paul sometimes refers to this […]

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[…] in November 2017.
If you are ordering from the US, we recommend getting it from Amazon. You can also buy the replacement heads.

Relevant Guides

Further Reading
To read more on chisels, we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:
Hammers For Chisels– Many Choices
Buying Good Tools Cheap- On Chisel Hammers
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[…] help lever nails out of wood.
Face- The round surface(s) on the end of the hammer head.
Types of Chisel Hammers
Whereas you can use steel claw hammers to strike chisels, the chisel handles must be split resistant plastic. You can also use wooden mallets, however, Paul Sellers recommends a chisel hammer as it has a smaller […]

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[…] push the chisel forward into the wood with paring cuts
Further Reading
To read more on the chisel, we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:
Chisel Unsurpassed
Many Chisel Choices
Questions on Chisels– Japanese, Western?
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[…] drive joints together, this will not damage the surface of your project.
Further Reading
To read more on the chisel hammer, we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:
Hammers For Chisels– Many Choices
Buying Good Tools Cheap- On Chisel Hammers
My Minimalist Tool List- A Good Chisel Hammer
P1011693 P1011692 Driving in a Small Nail Driving a Nail Hammering […]

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