Find out how to choose, use, and hone a chisel.
One of a woodworker's simplest tools is a chisel. For general use, a blade that's 3 to 5 inches long is useful. But you'll likely end up with several chisels of different lengths and widths. Buy chisels that have high-carbon steel blades and durable handles (plastic handles absorb shock and resist deformation when hit with a mallet). Use a dead blow hammer or wood mallet to drive a chisel.
To hone a chisel on a flat stone, start with the stone's coarser side up; apply a light coat of oil to the stone. With firm, even pressure, move the chisel's bevel side around the stone in a figure-eight pattern. Make sure both the heel and toe of the bevel remain in contact with stone.