Hand-Made Chisel

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Project by WoodWorkaholic posted 03-10-2008 10:04 PM 2096 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The company that I work for has a machine to grind it’s own knives (for a multi-moulder). I took a 2 inch cut-off from a ground knife, and turned into a chisel blade. It’s really just a prototype design, i wanted to see what i could with it, but use it everyday. It works great to clean edgebands. The blade high-speed-steel, which makes it really hard to grind and sharpen, but once sharp, it stays sharp. the handle and cover are quarter-sawn white oak. i burned the oak with a lighter and then sanded it to give it that blacked effect. i finished it with a wipe on poly, i figured any spray finish would eventually chip.


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#1 posted 03-10-2008 10:16 PM

I have to say these are pretty weird looking chisels. But if they work for you I guess they’re good

-- A. Molloy

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#2 posted 03-10-2008 10:18 PM

I’m with Aaron. I’ve never seen chisels like that before. they look cool though. great job!

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#3 posted 03-10-2008 10:19 PM

Whoa – that looks like it can do some serious work. Cool that you have access to steel like that.

-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#4 posted 03-10-2008 10:31 PM

That’s one hefty looking chisel!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-10-2008 11:41 PM

Hi Jeff,

This is a very unusual chisel. I like that fact that it is hand made and it basically cost you nothing. This is my kind of tool.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-11-2008 02:37 AM

I like it Jeff. Free, unusual, and works good. You can’t beat a deal like that.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#7 posted 03-11-2008 09:25 AM

That is a tough looking chisel – but if it works and it’s free then it’s a good chisel.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 03-11-2008 12:16 PM

nice!!! what size is it? my kind of tool 8-}

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#9 posted 03-11-2008 12:55 PM

Hello Jeff;
—-now in my neck of the woods, I would be wanting to try a chisel such as this for a ‘de-barking spudder’....

Looks like a great chisel, with lots of heft in the handle and meat in the steel. I could use one of those for removing the bark on logs that I come across for furniture and then I’m also wondering if they wouldn’t work great on a ‘live edge’ of slab wood?

Just thinking now, that there could also be the possibility of using this as a handplane scrapper….

Thanks for sharing and,

-- --frank, NH,

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#10 posted 03-11-2008 06:35 PM

the blade is 2 inches, the handle is 10 inches long


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