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Brian Havens inspired skew chisels

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Project by tbandikoot posted 12-31-2012 01:51 AM 889 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Watched some Brian Havens videos on YouTube and got inspired to make my own skew chisels this weekend. Turned a tiny gobblet just to test them out. I am thrilled with the performance of the skews.

3/8” Tool steel (O1 steel) cutters, scrap oak handles, finished with rubbed and sanded BLO; my favorite (naked) finish for hand tools. Tool length and handles sculpted to my preference.





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#1 posted 12-31-2012 01:54 AM

interesting.

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 02:47 AM

I’ve thought of doing this with tool steel or inexpensive wood chisels but figured I’d be sharpening them every 5 minutes. How do they hold up?

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 01:48 AM

Rick, the secret to keeping the skews sharp is the O1 tool steel. After shaping the chisel bevels I hardened the skew by heating the tips with a small oxy-mapp torch and quenching in oil. There are plenty of YouTube videos explaining the process. Very simple and takes about 10 minutes or less per skew.

While using them I strop every 10 minutes or so. That’s the same technique I use for my purchased chisels and works for me even if some might think its overkill.

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