|Project by Matt Vredenburg||posted 01-16-2013 06:23 AM||4784 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
A few weeks ago I was watching an old episode of “The Woodwright’s Shop” and Roy Underhill was using a paring chisel to flatten a piece of wood. He mentioned that the skill of paring with this type of tools isn’t used much anymore but is very useful in many applications. I didn’t have one myself and I had some old files laying around so I decided to make one so I can improve m paring skills. The final project works great. It’s very flexible which is what you want and from a strength perspective, a file works fine.
Here’s what I did:
1) Start out by tempering some old files by placing them in our oven for an hour at 400 degrees, and let them cool for a few hours.
2) Drill a hole in one end of the handle stock and turn our handle – match up a piece of copper pipefitting at the top of the handle.
3) Grind down the file ridges so it is nice and shinny and smooth – I spent extra time cleaning up the file including polishing (car polish) the finish to a high gloss.
4) Insert the file point into the finished handle, I added some 5 minute epoxy to ensure it stayed in…but I don’t think that was required.
5) Grind down the end of the chisel to the desired bevel. Ron Hock recommends a 25-degree angle for paring so went with that recommendation. BTW – Ron is always a good resource for sharpening and replacement blades. I highly recommend his book, “The Perfect Edge: the Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers”
Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments.
-- Matt, Arizona