Most of the work I do involves light trimming, fitting and the shaping of parts. I prefer paring chisels for the precision, reach and control they offer.

chisels

I was lucky enough to find a few old Buck cranked and straight paring chisels at an antique mall a few years ago. These chisels are great for shaping braces, trimming joints, cleaning up surfaces, etc. I also have a few old bench chisels that work well as paring chisels.

paring-chisels

There are tasks that would not be appropriate for the long, thin blade of a paring chisel such as chopping out end grain or making heavy cuts to remove a lot of waste. For these tasks I use bench chisels. I have a few Stanley 750 chisels that I reach for in these situations. I also use them in place of paring chisels when a shorter chisels seems more comfortable and easier to manage. I also have a 4mm chisel that is perfect for getting into nooks and crannies.

bench-chisels

There are other chisels I regularly reach for, some with names on them and some of unknown origin. If they fit the task and hold an edge then I am happy.

I have found that grinding the edge to 25 or so degrees works pretty well for just about everything I do. The edges hold up well and work fine for a variety of cuts.