Mortise chisel restore
Vintage French bedanes
This is the number two of two in the blog, so if you did not read the first blog then press here.
So last time we stopped here where we finished the shaping of the handles.
Tome for a good soak of linseed oil.
(That does look really interesting yes?).
First three ready, next three waiting to go.
Woodsman look what is there on the left…
I went rough on the edge, to shape the metal too.
(This was one of these pictures that had no home…).
One of the handles broke when I beat it in, this is why you should spend a little time on the hole, don’t think it can be ‘just’ beaten in.
So off we go!
(Another lesson learned).
Cutting a new piece.
This time I used a draw knife for the rough shaping, I do love this tool.
Remember to hold it in an angel when shaving then you can make wonderful shaves, and it will not cut in, as if you go just 90 degrees to the wood.
Then the spokeshave.
Some old and rusty steel,
at the price of a single meal.
A price of fire wood I save,
into this life I gave.
A pig sticker set is born!
and I will smoke on the corn.
Then beat it as a man,
this wonderful bedane.
Ok I am better at working wood…
Here soaking in linseed oil.
You can see how I do this on the scraper shave blog post 6 here .
Here we are.
Then an antique wax from Paris.
And we are there almost!
Notice the one that got a handle from another piece of firewood got his own charm.
My beloved water grinder.
Bedane set up for sharpeneing.
And some for stabilization.
New shaped bevels.
A diamond stone can be used for shaping.
Now I need to be violent with some of the backs since they did not pay as much attention to this in the old days as we do now.
A wonderful set of bedanes / mortise chisels / pig stickers are reborn.
As you can see I also gave a big firmer chisel a matching handle just more square (for cleaning up of large mortises).
And here they are in the set, together with my restored gauges (another blog another day).
This was last part of the blog, I hope this blog can inspire some to give new life to old tools.
(Yes I post too much these days, but since I’m in my bed due to a nerve in my back that hurts like …. I was thinking it’s time for some old unfinished posts and blogs).
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.