Thursday, November 10, 2016

Learning to use a Chisel

I use a lot of power tools but when it comes to hand tools I have a lot to learn.  So this week I decided to take it easy on my holidays and try to learn how to use a chisel.  There isn't much to this post.  It's mainly just to show that I'm still here, still working on things.

First of all I used a marking knife to score the wood in the area I wanted to remove.  This gives the chisel tip a starting point an it also cuts the wood fibre to prevent the wood splintering.

Chiselled Wood
Scored Area
From there I slowly removed the wood, working my way down to the desired level.

Chiselled Wood
Chiselled Rebate
The sides weren't completely straight and the cut ended up a little larger than I had hoped.

Chiselled Wood
Chiselled Rebate
Next time I think I'll remove a lot of material from the centre before bring the rebate to the final size.  That should produce a better result.  I also need to use a sharper chisel.  Another tool that would come in handy would be a woodworkers vice and bench.  It would hold the wood in place better and prevent it from moving.

Chiselled Wood
Chiselled Rebate
Thanks to Masters for the discounted wood to play with. :-)

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