Quick Tip: Using a Chisel

Learn a few common ways to use a chisel, a simple tool with a large number and wide variety of handy applications.

By Bob Vila | Updated Feb 7, 2018 11:50 AM

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A chisel is one of the most useful tools in the workshop, but it’s important to know how to use it. For example, after routing out a mortise for a door hinge, use the flat side of the chisel for cutting or neatening the edges of your work. Or use the beveled side for cleaning up or leveling off a surface without taking off too much at a time.

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