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What are the parts of a woodturning chisel?

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Bevel

The bevel of a woodturning chisel is the part of the blade that is ground to create a razor sharp cutting edge.

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Cutting edge

A cutting edge is created when a bevel is ground onto the end of a chisel’s blade.

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Blade

A woodturning chisel’s blade is the steel shaft protruding from the handle.

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Flute

Some woodturning chisels have a fluted blade, the flute of a blade defines the shape of the chisel’s cutting edge. The flute helps to eject the shavings from the turned workpiece. Note: only gouges haves flutes.

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Ferrule

A woodturning chisel’s ferrule is a metal (typically brass) ring that helps to prevent the handle from splitting when the blade is inserted.

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Tang

A tang is the part of the blade that is inserted inside the handle. Note: all woodturning chisels have tangs.

Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide The tang is essentially a metal spike which is inserted into the handle to create a strong friction bond between the two parts.
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Handle

A woodturning chisel’s handle is typically about 12-16 inches (30-40cm) long. It needs to be this long so that the user has greater control, stability, and leverage over the tool.

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Butt

The butt is the name given to the end of a woodturning chisel’s handle. Note: woodturning chisels should never be struck with a mallet.

  Images on this page are used with the kind permission of Brian Clifford at www.turningtools.co.uk

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