Chisels have always been a carpenters most used tools since they were invented thousands of years ago. Today’s modern chisels are far superior to the ancient carpenter’s tools in many ways. With ergonomically designed handles, state of the art deflection shields to protect your hands from missed blows and high strength steel, the modern chisel is a wok of art in hand tool design. Check out these five things you didn’t know a chisel could do to expand your knowledge about one of the most common hand tools of all time; the chisel.
A good stout paring chisel is one of the most common woodworking chisels in a carpenter’s tool pouch. But besides shaving and paring wood, it can also be used as a pry bar. Simply insert the chisel in between to boards for a quick pry bar for tight to fit places a typical flat bar might have trouble getting into.
Fix warped boards
One of the most common uses (other than chiseling wood away) that I use my chisel for when installing decking is to fix warped boards. Many times 5/4 decking has warped ends and needs some instant persuasion. By hammering my chisel into the top of a joist and prying against the warped board, I can easily hold the warped board in place with one hand while the other secures the board.
When I install plywood decking, sheathing or wall boards, many times penetrations through the plywood can slow down the process. A quick square hole cut into OSB or plywood is easily done with a sharp paring chisel.
Sometimes boards can be hard to hang onto. Use an extra handle by driving the chisel into the wood and using the part sticking out for a handle.
When you need more leverage for prying, use a chisel inserted sideways into the claw of a hammer to get the extra leverage you need for prying difficult to move boards.