Boatbuilders V chisel or what ever it is called
Picked up a bunch of wonderful old tools for just around 100 USD (550 DKK), think I made a quite good deal, at least I am really pleased and at the end of the day that is what is important at every deal we make.
Amongst the tools were this beautiful old chisel, my first thought was a corner chisel, but the old carpenter told me that it was a boat builders chisel from a small Danish island, also some of the other tools came from there.
So boat builders out there HELP?
No matter what it is, I can use it as corner chisel and I think it is so beautiful, that I needed to give it back life.
Here are all the stuff I brought back home with me that day and got for 100 USD.
Will do a quick tour top down, left to right.
Long adjustable wooden beam clamp, hand forged hook, 2 profile planes, Gouge-Shaped Adze, Gouge-Shaped Adze head really old hand forged from the boat builder, jointer plane, corner chisel, short beam clamp, piano makers clamp, wheel key, eel scissors, 2 profile planes, wooden brace with three bits (really love this one), hand forged carry hook, blacksmiths pliers, beautiful curved stair saw, boat hook, hook, rabbet plane, dovetail plane, rabbet with cutter, a sugar pliers and one more long adjustable wooden beam clamp.
Since the handle had a part broken of and a long crack down the center of the handle, I found it time to give it a new handle.
So I split the old handle and threw it in the stove for fire, then picked up a piece of beech from the fire pile.
A hard blow with the axe, gives a fine crack.
Splitting with the froe, this will secure me I work along the fibers so I get maximum strength.
A little rough shaping and cleaning up with the hatched.
Since my shave horse works as bench outside at the moment, I just clamp up the wood in the workbench and attack it with the drawknife, again trying to feel the wood and follow the grain and fibers, this will also help to dictate the shape.
Testing the thickness, length and feel with my hand.
Shaping the end, this will help it not to split when you give it some beating later.
Saw, yes even in Japanese style here. ;-)
Drilling a pilot hole for the tang.
With this wonderful old drill bit.
Then I used the beautiful reamer bit to make a hole fitting the tang, beat the handle down over the tang, with a knife final adjustments where the tang meets the handle and the job was done.
Now it just need a little sharpening.
Ohhh yes and my brand.
That’s it, ready for future use, life given back to the beautiful old tool.
Perhaps it can inspire others to bring life back to old tools, perhaps just bring a smile, no matter what, I enjoyed the time I spend.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.