I have many tools I really love. Normally my favorite tool is the one which best suits the work I’m doing, or which I enjoy using, but there is one tool which I constantly turn to where other tools would require too much set-up time to use or where no other tool could do the job. Yes, it is the lowly chisel which has earned a well deserved place in my heart (does that sound gruesome?).
So if enjoyment using it isn’t my reason for making this my favorite, then what is it? Here is a long list of my reasons.
- Can accurately do just about any kind of joinery imaginable
- Great for taking shavings to adjust sizes on joinery and all other sorts of things.
- Can get into hard to reach places where other tools cannot.
- Great for small jobs to avoid time consuming set-up of other tools for joinery, grooves, dados, decorative edges, chamfering , etc.
- Makes a nice cut line to create a knife wall for precision hand sawing.
- Can even plane a surface in a pinch (in the right hands).
- Can also be used for chip carving
- Simple to sharpen and hone
- Lightweight and easy to have on the wall, in a tool cabinet or a in a tool tray/chest.
- No electricity required.
- It would be hard to find a woodworker who does not have a least one chisel in their tool collection and most have many, further attesting to their general usefulness.