How to Use a Brick Set

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A brick set, otherwise known as a mason's chisel or brick chisel, is a sharp-edged steel chisel that can neatly slice through a brick or piece of stone. If you are doing remodeling work that requires cutting numerous different blocks into specific sizes and shapes, a brick set is a valuable tool. Follow these instructions to properly use a brick set.

  • Plan the cuts and splits. You should plot everything out on paper so you know the exact dimensions of the cut stones. Measure the total space of the area you are paving. Divide it by the number of blocks you want so you can determine the dimension of each cut. Consider any corner or irregular blocks that you might need to cut.

  • Get the right brick set. Brick sets come in different lengths and widths. Using the dimensions you planned as a guide, select the brick set that will make the right cut. Generally, brick sets come in quarter-inch width gradations that run up to a few inches in width and around eight inches in blade length.

  • Score the stone. Before you create the cut, lightly score the brick or stone with the brick set. Create cutting lines with a pencil or some thin tape, and then lightly tap the brick set along those lines so that the chisel will have a score to guide the cut. Do this for all cutting lines. Keep the taps light so you don't end up splitting the rock.

  • Make the cut. Once all the scores have been created, place the brick or stone on a flat, solid surface. Hold the brick set in one of the score lines, and then use a mashing hammer to slam the end of the brick set's handle. Your blow should be fast and strong enough to drive the brick set through the stone, creating a clean cut that does not damage the rest of the block.

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