More Basic Carpentry Tips

by Randolf Scott
(California West Side!)

More Basic Carpentry Tips; Most chisels today have plastic handles which can be struck with a hammer or with a mallet without danger of splitting. In fact, some chisels for use on wood are made of one-piece steel. Size is a factor in selection. The shortest is the butt chisel, about 7 to 9 inches long, for use in tight spaces. Next is the 9-to-101,4 inch pocket chisel, preferred for general shop work.


Largest is the mill chisel, 16 inches long, good for heavy work but seldom used in the home shop. Intended purpose is the other basic consideration. The paring chisel is thin bladed, new ground to a 25- degree edge, often reground to 15 degrees. Drive it by hand only for precise shave cuts in fitting work. The firmer chisel has a thick blade for heavy driving. The gouge is a hollow-blade type. Firmer gouges may be bevel-ground inside or outside, paring gouges are bevel-ground inside only.More Basic Carpentry Tips

What handyman hasn't chucked a headless finish nail in a drill when he didn't have a thin enough bit to make a pilot hole? I can,put a better spin on the practice. He first flattens the end of the nail into a chisel point with his hammer. The spade shape bores through hardwoods much faster and cooler than the round nail shaft.

I have found some unique uses for shower caps. He says he uses them as bucket covers to keep paint and other liquids from splashing out. They work well as emergency lids for tool buckets in the event of rain. He also suggests that you can cover your shoes with them so you don't track mud on carpeting. Best of all, disposable shower caps are inexpensive. thanks for reading this page on more basic carpentry tips.

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