Hammer and Chisel: How to Cut Bricks and Firebricks

| 4/18/2012 9:40:14 AM

Tags: Firebrick, Hammer, Chisel, Masonry, DIY,


Kasey Moomau

Cutting your own firebrick (or any other square brick or stone) is no big deal - all you need is a hammer and chisel. You could use power tools, I suppose, but if you’re only cutting a few bricks for one project, it’s faster and cheaper to use hand tools. I take great pleasure from learning that I can do easily something I thought was really tough or complicated, and many folks these days are unfamiliar with, and intimidated by, simple tools and rough materials:  


“But you have to be an expert in order to cut stone,” you think. “What if I get it wrong?”  

Well, if you get it wrong and can’t fix it (OH NO!), then you must: 

    - Locate and acquire another rock or brick. (I understand these are cheap and widely available)

    - Look at your broken brick and spend a moment thinking about WHY it didn’t work. Then decide what to do differently, feel good about it, and try again.

    - Repeat if necessary. I learn something most every time I mess up. I figure that’s worth two minutes of observation and a brick, but you can do the math yourself and decide.

5/15/2018 8:24:19 PM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

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