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Forum topic by andre_p posted 07-09-2016 10:11 AM 542 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2016 10:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chisels stanley refurbishing

I’m looking for advice about the best way to remove the machining marks from Stanley 750 chisels while also achieving a certain type of finish.

I recently purchased a set of four Stanley 750 “Sweetheart” chisels and have enjoyed working with them. They feel well balanced and are easy to sharpen. In my eyes though they have one major drawback: the poor quality of their finish. Although its purely an aesthetic issue, the machining marks on them have been bothering me.

I decided today to try to sand off the marks, and although I succeeded I ended up with a polished/mirror finish when I was hoping to achieve something flatter (like that of Lie Nielsen’s bench chisels). Does anyone have ideas of how I might dull the finish somewhat?

(I’ve polished the first three chisels in the attached picture).

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#1 posted 07-09-2016 10:30 AM

You could simply use a buffer wheel for polishing on your bench grinder. There is a green compound that will give a very nice finish, the color is green and it doesn’t take long to achieve the look you want. Just be careful not to get the polish on the wooden handle because it will darken it. After you get close to what you want, take fine steel wool and take off any build up that you might have and simply wipe with a cloth. Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 07-09-2016 12:10 PM

It might bother me, too, but I have to ask myself is it really worth the time?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#3 posted 07-09-2016 04:02 PM

My set of different brand chisels were brought to near mirror polish by hand starting with as coarse as needed emory, then 320 grit emory, then to 600 and 1200 grit wet dry paper using thin oil. last finishing off with Mothers polish. It does not take all that long to do rusted chisels, ones in good shape go pretty fast. I just think they look nice. I found this photo of my vintage Zenith brand chisel with a Padauk handle and bronze trim.

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