How to Sharpen a Chisel with a Dremel

Sharpening chisels is an essential skill for any woodworker, and using a Dremel rotary tool can make the process much easier.

With the right attachments and technique, you can quickly and easily sharpen your chisels to a razor-sharp edge.

In this article, I will guide you through the process of sharpening a chisel with a Dremel.

Before we get started, it’s essential to understand the anatomy of a chisel.

A chisel consists of a blade, a bevel, and a back. The blade is the cutting edge of the chisel, while the bevel is the angled surface that leads up to the blade. The back is the flat surface opposite the bevel.

When sharpening a chisel, you want to focus on the blade and bevel, as these are the parts that do the cutting.

To sharpen a chisel with a Dremel, you will need a few specific attachments, including a sharpening stone, a polishing wheel, and a buffing wheel.

You will also need to follow a specific process to ensure that you get the best results.

With the right tools and technique, you can sharpen your chisels quickly and easily, and get back to your woodworking projects with confidence.

Understanding the Basics of a Chisel

As someone who has used chisels for various woodworking projects, I know that a sharp chisel is essential for achieving clean and precise cuts.

Before we dive into how to sharpen a chisel with a Dremel, it’s important to understand the basics of a chisel.

A chisel is a hand tool with a sharp cutting edge at one end and a handle at the other. It is commonly used in woodworking to remove material from a workpiece by cutting or carving.

Chisels come in various shapes and sizes, each designed for a specific task. Here are a few common types of chisels:

  • Bevel edge chisel: This is the most common type of chisel. It has a flat back and a beveled edge that tapers to a point. Bevel edge chisels are used for general purpose woodworking tasks such as paring, chopping, and mortising.

  • Firmer chisel: Firmer chisels have a thicker blade and are used for heavy-duty tasks such as cutting joints and mortises.

  • Mortise chisel: Mortise chisels have a thicker, stronger blade than bevel edge chisels and are used for cutting mortises.

Getting to Know Your Dremel

As a beginner, it’s important to understand the basic components of your Dremel before you start using it. Here are some key components you should know:

The Rotary Tool

The rotary tool is the main component of your Dremel. It’s a handheld device that is used for a variety of tasks, including sanding, grinding, and polishing.

It’s important to choose the right accessory for the task at hand to ensure maximum efficiency and safety.

Speed Control

Your Dremel comes with a speed control feature that allows you to adjust the speed of the rotary tool.

This is important because different tasks require different speeds. For example, sanding requires a lower speed than grinding.

It’s important to start at a low speed and gradually increase it until you find the right speed for the task.


Your Dremel comes with a variety of accessories that are designed for specific tasks. Some of the most common accessories include sanding discs, grinding stones, and polishing wheels.

It’s important to choose the right accessory for the task at hand to ensure maximum efficiency and safety.


It’s important to follow safety guidelines when using your Dremel.

Always wear eye protection and a dust mask when using your Dremel. Make sure to keep your hands and fingers away from the accessory while it’s in use.

Safety Precautions

Handling the Chisel

When sharpening a chisel with a Dremel, it is important to take proper safety precautions to avoid any accidents.

First and foremost, always wear protective gear such as safety glasses, gloves, and a dust mask to protect your eyes, hands, and lungs from any debris or dust particles that may fly off during the sharpening process.

When handling the chisel, always hold it firmly with both hands and keep your fingers away from the sharpened edge.

Make sure the chisel is securely clamped to a workbench or vise to prevent it from moving or slipping during the sharpening process.

Operating the Dremel

When operating the Dremel, make sure to read the user manual carefully to understand the functioning of each component.

Inspect the Dremel prior to each use for any damage. If you find any, do not use it.

Use only the right bits and attachments. Insert all bits fully into the Dremel’s collet or chuck.

Always keep the Dremel at a low speed and use light pressure when sharpening the chisel to avoid overheating or damaging the blade.

Move the Dremel in a circular motion over the blade, starting at the heel and moving towards the tip. Avoid grinding too much material off the blade, as this can cause it to become too thin and weak.

Sharpening Process

Preparing the Chisel

Before beginning the sharpening process, it’s important to prepare the chisel.

First, make sure the chisel is clean and free of any debris. Then, use a honing guide to set the angle of the chisel.

The angle will vary depending on the type of chisel and the task at hand, but a common angle for a bench chisel is 25 degrees.

Next, use a marker to color the bevel of the chisel. This will help you see where you are removing material during the sharpening process.

It’s also a good idea to clamp the chisel securely to a workbench to prevent it from moving around during sharpening.

Using the Dremel

The Dremel 6700 Sharpening Station is a great tool for sharpening chisels.

To use the Dremel, start by selecting the appropriate grinding wheel. A diamond wheel is a good choice for sharpening chisels.

Once you have the wheel installed, turn on the Dremel and adjust the speed to a medium setting.

Then, hold the chisel firmly against the grinding wheel, making sure to maintain the angle you set earlier. Move the chisel back and forth across the wheel, applying even pressure.

As you sharpen the chisel, periodically check the bevel to see if you are removing material evenly.

If the marker is still visible in certain areas, continue sharpening until the marker is completely gone.

After sharpening, use a honing stone to remove any burrs that may have formed on the edge of the chisel. Finally, wipe the chisel clean and you’re ready to use it.

Maintaining Your Chisel

As with any tool, proper maintenance is crucial to keep your chisel in good working condition. Here are some tips to help you maintain your chisel.


After each use, make sure to clean your chisel thoroughly.

Use a soft cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris that may have accumulated on the blade. You can also use a solvent to remove any stubborn stains.

Make sure to dry the chisel completely before storing it.


Regular sharpening is essential to keep your chisel sharp and effective.

You can use a sharpening stone or a honing guide to sharpen your chisel. Alternatively, you can use a Dremel 6700 Sharpening Station for a quick and easy sharpening process.


When storing your chisel, make sure to protect the blade. You can use a blade guard or a sheath to protect the blade from damage.

Make sure to store the chisel in a dry and cool place to prevent rusting.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your chisel remains in good working condition for years to come.

Remember to clean and sharpen your chisel regularly, and store it properly to protect the blade.

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