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Chisel sizes
Posted By Bill Tindall
Date Monday, 27 June 2022, at 3:40 p.m.

I find the offerings of chisel sizes curious.  Large chisels, starting at 3/4 and going up by quarters, are made by everyone.  On the small end, offerings start at 1/8 and increase by 1/8ths.  For what I make I rarely use a chisel larger than 1/2".  I made chisels starting with 1/8" and increasing by 1/16" .  I most use chisels in the range of 3/16 to 1/2.  I use the 3/16,5/16 and 7/16" extensively. I have a need occasionally for a width greater than 1/2. but if I only owned a 3/4" it would suffice for all the wide chisel work I have even done.  I am curious, what do people use a 1 1/4" chisel for that a 3/4 would not be as useful (or 2" or whatever other large size anyone uses)? Given the cost of a 2", what is it used for that makes it cost effective?  (I bought one used, put it in good working order, and have never found any occasion to ever use it).


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