Notes and tips and techniques relating to the use of chisels

The hand on the handle provides pressure downwards, the thumb of the other hand provides pressure in the cutting direction — this increases control and safety. Always keep grain in mind when using chisels. Hand pressure will be enough for most jobs, only use mallet when desperate!

With chisels, bigger is better – the bigger the chisel, the better the quality of the surface will be – if it’s sharpened correctly.