Chisel Speak

ChiselsOne the best ways to become involved in woodworking is to pick up slightly used (well cared for, if you will) tools. The easiest to find are those found in garage sales and flea markets. I’m sure that you’ve read countless articles on how to buy and refurbish saws and hand planes, but there’s a lack of good information about buying secondhand chisels. Until now.

360 Woodworking members (you can do that below if you’d like) are enjoying the first in a series of articles focused on buying and rehabbing old chisels. In “Chisels: Know What You’re Buying,” Ron Herman talks about what to look for and what pitfalls to avoid when searching for quality chisels for your shop.

First things first. Before you should run out and gobble up any and all chisels you come across, you should know chisel speak – words and terms associated with chisels. Below is a photo from the article that should get you started down the right path. But remember, this is just the beginning. There’s more to come.


— Glen D. Huey

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