I spent a little time in the shop this evening working on putting some of the old chisels I have back into working condition. I have a newer set of Marples that I normally use, but I am trying to get sets of older chisels together. For example, I want a set of mortice chisels and perhaps a set of the old Stanley 750s.
I’m giving them a light cleaning and removing any rust, regrinding edges, and sharpening. The handles are still loose. I want to get some measurements and add them to my note book so that I can use these old handle designs to turn new handles as needed.
When sharpening the mortice chisel using the work sharp, I found it difficutl to control the narrow/tall chisel and did not get very good results flatening the back. I will probably use water stones going forward for chisels of this type. The machine worked fine for grinding the bevel and honing the edge. Here are some photos of what I am working on. I have another box of chisels to pull out and work my way through.
Examples of what I am working on
I use this angle gage to determine the bevel angle so that I can reproduce the angle when I regrind them.
Hopefully, I will get back to work turning out some woodwork this weekend. If not, I will probably be tied up working on a bathroom remodel for a while. Also, in June I have a business trip to Houston and then one towards the end of the month to Singapore for a couple of weeks.
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