|Forum topic by Lumber2Sawdust||posted 11-24-2012 07:53 PM||910 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
11-24-2012 07:53 PM
I’ve been chopping some mortises today and it got me wondering which hand would be better to hold the chisel. I’m left handed. I hammer nails holding the hammer in my left hand and use my right hand to hold the nail when starting it. It seems natural to hold the mallet in my left hand and the chisel in my right. However, I feel completely clumsy trying to do detailed work with my right hand such as positioning the chisel accurately and clearing out the wood chips from the mortise as I’m chopping.
I switched to using my left hand for the chisel. That was hard! I had to try really hard to not pick up the mallet in my left hand. It just keeps ending up there!
In the end, I think I’m more effective using the chisel in my left hand. Having a mallet with a large face makes it so that I haven’t busted a knuckle yet while pounding with my right hand.
How do the rest of you deal with this, or am I the only one that thinks about stuff like this?