Grandpa's chisel

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Project by Chiaroscuro posted 04-12-2016 12:51 PM 1296 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So one of the few things I have of my grandfather’s was this chisel. It had a chipped resin handle but worked great until the handle completely shattered when it fell off my bench (while the bench was being made). So today, after flubbing an attempt yesterday, I made a handle for it.

I had an extra piece of hardwood around from making handles for my vise. I cut this to an octagon on the bandsaw and then hand planed off the corners.

I cut off a piece of brass from an old sprinkler and removed the debri.

I recently was given a Mark V ShopSmith and I used the lathe for the first time to make a round.

ShopSmith drill press for the hole and then tapped it home.

-- Todd

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#1 posted 04-12-2016 03:03 PM

Nice work. Looks like there’s years left in that chisel.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 04-12-2016 03:46 PM

Always nice to see heritage tools put back to work! Nice work on the new handle, Todd.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 04-12-2016 10:04 PM

I have several tools left to me by father. Each time I use them I am reminded of him and the things he built. And that’s a good reason to have these tools handy. Fortunately, I have not had to repair any of them.

Pat McGuire


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Tim Royal

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#4 posted 03-24-2017 01:28 AM

Beautiful chisel… that Shopsmith may not be the best tool at many functions, but it means that you actually have a machine tool for almost any job! They are the best horizontal boring machines and 12 inch disc sanders around.

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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