Chisels are cutting and shaping tools that are essential to many carpentry jobs. All the chisels shown here have straight blades. Curved-blade chisels, known as gouges, are used to cut curves in wood and rounded corners.
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The bevel-edged chisel is by far the most multipurpose and widely used. One side is completely flat, but the other face has tapered edges. This chisel is designed for multiple uses and provides the most accurate cuts. This design lends itself to removing wood in the construction of many different joint types.
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