|Forum topic by luthierwnc||posted 03-25-2016 04:20 PM||788 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
03-25-2016 04:20 PM
I recently got a Grizzly 10” water grinder as an intermediate step between the bench grinder and my diamond/water stones. It was finally time to get my box of chisels in better shape but the jig for flat blades wasn’t much use for short chisels—especially ones with a socket or socket-shaped attachment.
On the net I found a Tormek jig just for that application. It’s around $40 shipped which seems reasonable but it was there and I was here. Soooooo … voila! I hacked a 12mm slot in a 1” galvanized iron pipe coupler, tapped a 1/4” thread for a thumbscrew and ground away. I made some mistakes and might make another with better tolerances but this one worked pretty well. It will only take chisels up to a little over 1” wide.
My model is one of two old matching Stanley chisels that go in my toolbelt or get used when there’s a good chance of hitting a nail. This one is 1/2” and the other’s 3/4”. There isn’t much steel left but these were good units in their day and hold a fair edge. They fit in the belt too.
If you have the time and standards, I’d recommend the Tormek. If you need it now, you probably have the parts in the plumbing bin.