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LJ friends and gifts. #29: Visit by young cabinet maker apprentice

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Blog entry by mafe posted 10-01-2016 03:05 PM 1156 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Visit by young cabinet maker apprentice
the art of setting up and sharpening

One of my neighbours here have a young friend who is a cabinet maker apprentice, he has once in a while looked by my shop here and since he was close to his final exam, he called me and asked if I would help him setting up and sharpening some old chisels, so he could go to his exam with a fully functioning set.
He had collected some wonderful old E A Eskilstuna chisels, for some of you known as the shark / now Bacho.
Some were in working order, some were close to trash but that’s only a matter of working harder.

We corrected the shapes first on the anvil, then it was time to flatten the backs and finally establish a new main bevel.


The flattening was done on Japanese water stones by hand and it took him several hours of sweating at the pond.
Once the backs were dead flat, we brought them to the water grinder to correct and establish a new main bevel.
Then it was back to the water stones to hone up a microbevel, here he learned how to use a jig and also tried some free handing.


Then the chisels were returned in his stand and ready to go to his final exam. to hopefully help him pass with some really fine cuts.
The reason one is missing here on the photo is that while he were sharpening, I took it out, broke of the old handle and made him a new one, like this I had a chance to bring a little besides skills.

A wonderful afternoon, so nice to see that all the time I have spend learning, now can be spread in a fine way and even help a young apprentice.

Thank you to all of you LJ’s that have been a part of my woodworking travel.



Hope this can inspire others to spread and share what they have learned,

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



11 comments so far

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madts

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#1 posted 10-01-2016 03:37 PM

Great story Mads.

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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Jerry

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#2 posted 10-01-2016 04:25 PM

What a great story! Thanks for sharing.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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lew

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#3 posted 10-01-2016 05:44 PM

I cannot think of a better teacher than you, Mads.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 10-01-2016 06:38 PM

Very good!

Did you teach him how to use them so he would NOT get cut?! :) LOL

Hope he passes the test!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 10-01-2016 07:38 PM

Great to see you passing along your skills Mads. It’s always rewarding to watch the satisfaction of the “student” as they realize that they can now do something new that will improve their craftsmanship. Now I’m waiting to hear how well he does on his exam. Best wishes to him.
Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Roger

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#6 posted 10-01-2016 08:06 PM

Great story Mads.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 10-01-2016 11:14 PM

GOOD STORY MADS AND A GOOD PROCESS TO SHOW HIM.

I HAD TO RECOVER A DRAWER FULL OF ABUSED CHISELS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL BUT DID NOT HAVE STUDENTS AROUND TO TEACH THEM WHAT I WAS DOING—I JUST WANTED THEM TO HAVE CHISELS THAT WOULD CUT. I DID VERY SIMILAR TO YOUR PROCESS BUT THEY HAVE NO STONES SO I USED SANDPAPER AND GRINDER.

CHEERS, JIM

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Brad

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#8 posted 10-02-2016 05:42 PM

Not only did you teach him sharpening skills he can use for a lifetime he will go to his exam with greater confidence. Please share how he does on his test.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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CFrye

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#9 posted 10-03-2016 03:38 AM

Wonderful, Mads! Please, do let us know how well he did.

-- God bless, Candy

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mafe

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#10 posted 10-05-2016 11:17 AM

Hi,
I had no news… Hope that means good news. No matter what, he have sharp tools to try again if it did not and at the end of the day, that is all that matters.
Joe, I can’t teach that, I am a master in the reversed discipline… Auuuchhhh.
Best thoughts, I will send him your hello’s,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Brit

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#11 posted 10-12-2016 08:40 AM

Great that you’re passing on your skills Mads. It is such a rewarding thing to do and the means by which future generations will also know the benefit of good steel with a keen edge.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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