Paring and a Exacto science
ok perhaps not science… just minding the grip.
When using the chisels I realized I still had to reach for my other set to pare, and for smaller cuts, key holes and cleaning out it would be fine with a delicate cutting tool.
Exacto knifes are not exactly science, but they are really easy to use, and you can sharpen and shape the blades as you wish fast on a grinder.
So it was time to make an update on the dovetail chisel set!
Excato knife, two wonderful old English cabinetmakers chisels and three fresh turned handles.
Beating up those handles with my new brass mallet , notice a little worm have had a life in the handle once (I start to like those little bastards (when they are gone)).
We are on a good road here I think.
Clean up the tangs , keep them rough, so they will bind better in the handle when set.
Cut the Exacto, exactly where you like it.
Find a drill that match the Exacto and drill a hole in the handle (this is the rocket part…).
Fit the ferrule, and cut it over.
Sand the end for beauty and comfort.
This is where we want to be now!
Now we take a detour to the chisels.
Mark the center.
Find two or three drill bits that graduate in size, from small to a little smaller than the with oh the tang top.
(Like a tall pyramid, if this makes any sense).
Start with the smallest drill and drill a little deeper than the lengths of the tang.
Then step up in size and drill less deep and so.
Clean out the hole.
Fit the tang, so it is sticking up a little (the hole is too small).
Then fasten the iron to your wise and bang the handle on.
Three ways now:
1. the handle was too small and cracked so you need to go back to start.
2. the hole was too big so the tang falls out, go to the epoxy part.
3. the tang sits tight in the handle so you smile and continue this tutorial.
Perhaps it’s me, but I have no doubt who is the ugly dugly here…
Clean out if needed.
Epoxy! This is so exiting.
A ferrule that doesn’t fit can be glued in place too.
And fill up the handle of the Exacto.
Hole in one.
Now we have several possibilities in one tool, all from keyhole, cutting, marking and chiseling with custom made blades like my little dovetail here. Cheap fast easy.
Here are the updated set in the tool roll.
And here ready to work.
Sweet is it not?
(Perhaps my water based self confidence survived the rain after all).
I was having a cold, so no smoking the pipe…
Hope this winged dovetail tour could be to inspiration, perhaps bring some old chisels back to a new life,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.