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Blog entry by paoh posted 08-17-2011 04:37 AM 6196 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been scavenging tools and found the mother load at my grandpas house at the lake. I have officially found out why you should never use a dull chisel. Nothing a little super glue and some time to seal up a 1/2 gouge on the inside of my knuckle. Next day I sharpened all three chisels on a cheap oilstone and now just pairing the end grain of a 2×4 leaves a shiny preped surface enough to make me want to chisel my house down. Read the anarchist tool chest willing to sell if anybody is interested and can’t make the 40 dollar jump. Sharpened my first panel saw and that was a failure only because o don’t have a way to set the teeth. It’s a keen kutter made somewhere after 1940 but before th 60s. Other than sawing and chiseling every piece of wood in the shop I have yet to make anything, besides the ugliest saw bench base of all time. Granted it will be cannonball proof. Cca traeted lumber is going to look bad no matter how nice the joinery, and the quicker I start screwing up the faster I’m gonna learn.

First real project will be a tool chest for sanity sake. The bench is so Damn cluttered it has become quite the hazard.

If you couldn’t tell this is my first blog post.

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#1 posted 08-17-2011 06:27 AM

so next blog, include some pictures. You should be able to find a saw set for a few buck at a flee market or antique shop, although make sure thats the true reason for the failure. You don’t need to set every time you sharpen. Take a peek at this, it may help.

And if you learn one thing from this sight, we ALL screw up, you’ll just learn to mask the “screw ups” aembellishmentsts.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 07:12 AM

Its not a screw up if the entire LJ community can’t tell you a way to make it a “desgin feature”.
Learning comes with a price, usually blood, sweat, tears, curse words and sometimes more wood.
Hang in there and welcome.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 04:58 AM

As long as you keep the fingers working life is good the other mistakes are just a part of learning.

A few chisel tips…Keep it sharp (which you have learned the hard way…happens)

Two hands control a chisel. Be it chopping (chisel in one hand, mallet in the other) or paring (one hand on the steel the other on the handle) this leads well into…
Three…Use a third hand, clamp your workpiece to your bench somehow before you get to work. Slips are the biggest cause for chisel cuts secure clamping prevents them. Clamp workpieces in a way that they will not twist away from you as you work.

There are a few others but those are the big three that will keep blood off of your bench.

Keep working and learning, good choice on getting a sawbench early on…I wish I had done mine sooner.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 08-18-2011 05:03 AM

Oh and you can hammer set the teeth cheaply, (a saw set is a good investment but for now this will work)

Use a nail set and a big dowel. Place the saw plate on MDF or hardboard, set the nail set on on the first tooth and use the dowel to make a light tap on the nail set (if you let gravity do all the work you get pretty consitent results this way) skip a tooth and repeat. Flip the saw over and repeat the whole process on the teeth you missed. Not the best way to do it but it works for now.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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