Chisels Buying Guide
Chisels are one of the simplest hand tools. They can be of great use for correcting or creating designs, from removing larger wood chunks, stones or metals to creating and finishing intricate designs or details. More than hundreds of chisel types are available for performing various tasks.
Types of Chisels
- Lathe Chisels are most often used in woodworking for cutting wood when spun over a lathe. They come with long handles to counteract the tendency of the chisels which move downwards during lathe spinning and for good leverage.
- Stone Chisels are mainly used for carving stones but can also be used for cutting concrete slabs and bricks. They have flat and wide blades.
- Woodcarving Chisels are available in various sizes from larger ones to smaller ones depending on the carving job. During carving objects, bigger chisels are used first to make the basic shape and then smaller ones are used for intricate work.
- Chisels for Metal work can be classified as hot and cold chisels. Hot types are used for cutting metal which is heat forged, while cold types are used for cutting metals that are cold.
- Masonry Chisels have dull heads which can break or wedge objects instead of cutting them and are heavy in weight. Normally used for demolition work. The driving force is applied using heavy hammers that are more than three pounds.
Different Blades on Chisels
- Bevel-edge Chisels are generally used in dovetail joints finishing as they are slightly undercut enabling them to be pushed easily inside corners.
- Paring Chisels are thin, long and can be pushed into long joints like housing joints and also for cleaning the joints to enable accurate fit.
- Firm Chisels come with rectangle shaped cross sectional blades and can be used for heavy or tough jobs.
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