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01-29-2010 03:55 PM

Buying A New Chisel - Will It Need Sharpening? - 14 replies

I mentioned to a friend, who does woodworking, that I would be buying my first chisel soon. He then told me it takes hours to get a mirror finish with a sharp edge on a new chisel (at least the the big borg type). I’m looking at an irwin marples set of 4 for around $40. Do I really need to spend hours sharpening something that is bran...

01-27-2010 10:40 PM

How to Chisel Out a Hole. - 4 replies

My next project is a measuring gauge. As part of the design plans, I have to chisel out a square hole for the stick portion of the gauge to move through. Having never done this, here are my plans. 1. Drill a hole the diameter of the square, all the way through the wood.2. Chisel out remaining wood. My fear is that in step #2, the pressur...

01-22-2010 04:41 PM

Need help with a mallet design - 12 replies

I’m pretty new to woodworking. Just finished my own workbench (for $50 with 2×4’s and plywood) and I’m ready to start a few small projects. My desire is start with handmade tools. My plan is first a mallet and then a measuring gauge. I have seen a few mallet designs and before I buy the wrong wood or other materials,...


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