When it comes down to it, every woodworking tool is a version of a chisel.
Table saws are a bunch of tiny, spinning chisels. Hand planes are wide bevel down chisels. Sandpaper is a zillion hopelessly blunt chisels…
Ok. Maybe not every tool.
But chisels really are the quintessential woodworking instrument. There’s no bells and whistles — just a sharp edge and a handle.
The simplicity is what makes them so versatile, and useful for everything from rough work to finishing details.
But knowing how to make clean and accurate cuts with a chisel isn’t as intuitive as you might think.
The good news is any level of woodworker can get great results by understanding a few basic principles.
So whether you’re a total beginner or an intermediate-level maker, use this guide to help you get better results in the shop starting today.