One of the oldest and most useful tools is the humble chisel. It has a multitude
of uses, one of which is cutting the recess for a hinge.
To begin mark out the recess with a pencil. Start by cutting across the grain
and then along the grain using a mallet to strike the chisel. Hold the chisel on
its side and push. Wiggle back and forwards slowly and work along the cut until
To ensure your chisel is sharp, use a whetstone. Add a light oil like
RP7 to lubricate. Starting with the bevel side down, move chisel in a figure
eight pattern then flip over. You can do the same thing with wet and dry sand
paper, and if you're stuck you can even use concrete.
To give an old chisel new life you can use a grinder. Hold the chisel
horizontally and grind the chisel to make the end square, dipping it in water
regularly to prevent it getting too hot. Use sandpaper, Selleys RP7 and a little
elbow grease to clean up the rest of the chisel.