The chisel is one of those tools that calls up a variety of woodworking jobs: bottle opener, roof tar remover, nail punch, pry bar and screwdriver, if truly needed. But this wedge shaped object is also capable of some of the finest work at the bench if one knows the secrets to tuning and using its shape. Join our Online series with this lecture entitled: Chiseled to learn the chisel’s charms.
We will begin our chat with a discussion of the geometry of the tool, steel properties, wedge angles, hollow grinding, and sharpening one to razor sharp perfection. Next our talk will turn to the many uses of the chisel at the bench from simple paring operations to hard core mortising work. Learn about the many types of chisels, which to use where, and how to handle one for a whole array of jobs at the bench.
The chisel is a marvelous tool and one set is never far from me at the bench. Come watch on Zoom and learn the chisel’s many secrets.
A few comments about our Online Lectures and Workshops.
“I just wanted to drop a quick note to say thank you for the class this week. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot! Hoping to sign up for another one soon. This morning I threw a Hock blade and breaker in my Bailey #4. Wow, you weren’t kidding about the difference. It’s a whole new tool now.” Zach
” I loved the inlay class, and was amazed how quickly those skills could be learned in the online format.” Colin R.
” I appreciated the “close up” photos that you showed a couple times during the 5 machines episode. I especially like your insights and tips. Keep them up!” John K.
“This was my first virtual Woodworking class and I had my doubts as to how it would work out. I was pleasantly surprised that the class was interesting and useful, well worth the time and 25 bucks. Also, good to have a look inside your shop.” Dale T.
“I wanted to give a personal thank you to Gary and everyone involved in the hand planes webinar. I was learning and smiling the whole way through. Truly an amazing job!” Casey T.
“Thank you Gary for the fine session. I really enjoyed it. I thought the online training via Zoom really went well, like I had a front row seat. I love hand planes and learned some good tips last night. Your use of props was good and like I said, I found it very informative and organized. You know your stuff.” Rick W.
Gary answers a reader and student’s question about taming tear out by changing the angle on a chip breaker. Sometimes you have to also adjust your hand plane to accommodate this modification. Change your plane’s frog position, file a wider mouth opening or file the chip breaker to adjust to the blade better.