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Forum topic by scottishrose posted 12-03-2009 03:30 PM 944 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2009 03:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening chisel blade plane carving tool

I have been hard at work lately restoring many chisels, planes and woodcarving tools. First with Evapo-Rust, then diamond stone, then with Japanese water stones 800/4000 grit and I have a worksharp to rough things out. I have found Rockler bench cookies to be great at saving recovery time while flatening those backs of plane blades etc. The trick is to keep em dry, so I roate them.
It’s real easy for one’s fingers to slip off a chisel blade or plane blade and though an 800 grit water stone with all the slurry on it feels soft I guarantee that you will need band-aids or a day or two to recover between working sessions. Bench cookies give a great grip and are small enough to keep an eye on your work. This is mostly for the flat stuff, not the angle work – you are on your own there but you probably have a handle to hold onto or the end of the plane blade.

A dull tool is a dangerous tool
Happy sharpening!

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#1 posted 12-03-2009 03:44 PM

Sounds like a sharp tool is a dangerous tool also.

Nice post.

I’d rather have sharp though.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-03-2009 05:36 PM

i was taught to sharpen chisels , and did so dutifully for some years .
as the speed and scope of my work in building street side increased ,
i found that many projects dulled my chisels ( hidden nails , cement , hard knots , etc . ) ,
so i found that going to the store and buying a new chisel was cheaper and faster than
sitting and working the chips and dings out of them .
in my shop , i do take care of them , but in my tool box i still have 6 or 7 that are in varying state of
sharp , from totally dull ( good around cement ) , to maybe o.k. ( door strikes and hinges ) .
when these get dull , i still buy new , sometimes i remember while in the shop to sharpen them again ,
if there is enough blade left to bother .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 12-03-2009 06:14 PM

I guess any tool cam be dangerous. I also found out the value of those rubber mats to put on the floor under one’s tool bench in case one of the chisels goes flying off that has been worked on dillegently for hours. nicked blades are a curse! I don’t have the money to go out and buy new ones, and these have the imprint of my grandfathers hands on them so I’d rather restore, than rebuy.

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