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Blog entry by andyboy posted 05-17-2011 02:42 AM 3330 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an interesting exercise. I quietly hoped I was going to transform one of these cheap chisels but it was not to be. They are so buckled and bent that even 3 nz dollars was too much to pay. See what you think any way.
Andy.
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-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.



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Howie

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#1 posted 05-17-2011 03:37 AM

Andy: I have a few “cheapies” I use for loners. Funny, I always get them back…..

-- Life is good.

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andyboy

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 03:47 AM

Me too but none of my lenders or nail pullers are as bad as these. The wire edge will not sharpen away. The steel must be made from old bikes or something. ha ha

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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Jack_T

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#3 posted 05-17-2011 04:24 AM

Very nice video on sharpening.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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docholladay

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#4 posted 05-17-2011 06:17 PM

I think that those are the same chisels that they sell at Harbor Freight here in the USA. Chinese junk. I had a set that I actually managed to get pretty sharp, but it took forever. It was a true pain and once sharp, they did not hold an edge very well. I eventually gave up and gave them away to someone and then spent the money for some better chisels. I still hope, someday, to get my hands on some genuinely high quality chisels such as a Lie Nielsen or similar.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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TheOldTimer

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#5 posted 05-17-2011 07:04 PM

Andy: Very nice video and very helpful. I will switch from light oil on my stone and give kerosine a try. I never thought about using kerosine as a lubricant for sharpening. Thank you very much. How about a video on sharpening jointer and planer blades.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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andyboy

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#6 posted 05-17-2011 10:36 PM

Hi ya Old Timer. I will do a video on replacing the blades but as far as sharpening goes, we usually send ours away to get sharpened. One of our machines has an in head grinder and that is very handy. At home I have in the past mounted jigs made from wood on my bench grinder and had satisfactory results. Also I have tickled the blades up on my belt sander which has got me by when I was too tight to pay to get them sharpened. You can get a little more life from the blades by running your oil stone over a few times while the blade is still mounted in the machine.

Andy.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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TheOldTimer

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#7 posted 05-18-2011 08:49 PM

Thanks Andy, I will give the oil stone tip a try on my Jointer. Good luck to you and your students.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#8 posted 05-19-2011 04:36 AM

And here I thought there wasn’t a reason for me to buy kerosene anymore. Thanks for the tips Andy.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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MrRon

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#9 posted 05-20-2011 10:29 PM

The only comment I have about cheap chisels is: The steel used will not produce or keep a sharp edge. The quality of steel is paramount to being sharpened. I sharpen all my tools with diamond. I find it makes for quick results. Sharpening tools was a skill I picked up 20 years ago with a saw and tool sharpening shop I operated.

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