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#1 posted 10-28-2012 11:47 PM

I have an old set of Marples, and they are spent.
I didn’t know how to deal with sharpening a chisel and ruined them…I think.
Any advise on preparing new chisels from the box would be appreciated,
What do I need, to make new chisels ready…i.e stones, etc.?

—Steve, MA – Dust sucks!


I doubt you have ruined your chisels. Most mistakes can be corrected, might need to waste a little iron but most mistakes are repairable.

You can do almost every thing needed; pare, chop mortices, clean up dovetails and tenon shoulders, you name it, with three chisels, 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2” bevel edge chisels the rest are mostly for bragging rights and wall decoration. Buy those three chisels and buy the best you can afford. The cost for three Ashely Iles chisels is a little over $75 USD. The Ashely Iles are as good as any and better than most.

Sandpaper is cheap for start up but expensive in the long run and I think there are issues using it but, it is a cheap and fast way to learn to sharpen. I like Diamond and Arkansas stones but now we are getting into religion and you know where that leads.

Go to for a good overview on hand sharpening technique.

Good luck,


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