Veritas Flushing Chisels – Tips for Use
Once you’ve polished the back of your chisel and sharpened it, it’s ready to be put to use. Here are some tips for working with it safely and effectively.
What do I need to know about the handles?
The interchangeable blades of these chisels have threaded sockets for a secure connection to the handle. Although only one handle is needed, additional handles are available. The handles should not be overtightened and do not need lubrication.
How do I use my chisels safely?
- Holding the work in a vise or clamps frees your hands to hold and control the chisel safely and precisely.
- Always cut away from yourself, with both hands behind the cutting edge.
How do I use a flushing chisel?
These chisels are specialty tools designed for fine paring, especially in close quarters or into corners. Hold the handle in your dominant hand; you may find it helpful to extend your index finger or nestle the butt of the handle in your palm for additional force. Register the blade fully on the work surface. Apply enough downward force with your non-dominant hand to maintain contact with the work surface and help guide/control the cutting.
Can I drive my flushing chisel with a mallet?
Never. Flushing chisels are meant to be pushed by hand. Best to select a more robust chisel for chopping.