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Forum topic by metafor posted 01-09-2008 01:59 AM 1283 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2008 01:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chisels sharpening

Okay I’m really a newbie…mainly done metalwork…jewelery…before. I’ve started to put a small shop together to work on small projects…boxes, picture frames, etc. and I just got my very first chisel set. Well I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that they need sharpening out of the box…remember I’m new and all the cutting I did in metalwork was with pliers or saws. Anyway this is probably a blessing in disguise because I need to learn how to sharpen properly and I’ve always been afraid of ruining a tool permanently….so where is a good place to start to learn how to sharpen properly…and what is required…I can probably afford a grinder if it’s not in the hundreds and hundreds of dollars range. Any help would be most appreciated…thanks in advance!

-- Greg, Missouri

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#1 posted 01-09-2008 03:05 AM

Welcome metafor . . .

There are numerous ways. Im fond of the scary sharp system. Douglas blogged it here although he is doing a plane, the same process would apply to chisels. Its quick . . . and cheap.

I sure some oth the other folks will chime in soon.

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#2 posted 01-09-2008 03:06 AM

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#3 posted 01-09-2008 11:26 AM

Take a look at this.

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#4 posted 01-09-2008 01:29 PM

David Charlesworth has a wonderful DVD on chisel sharpening and will show you step by step the process he uses and teaches. His other DVDs on chisel use, hand planes, plane sharpening, etc, will also give you many new techniques to use and learn from. Definitely worth the time and money.

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#5 posted 01-09-2008 02:15 PM

Hi Metafor,

I struggled with sharpening my chisels and irons. In my first sharpening experience I butchered one chisel trying to use a grinding wheel to sharpen it and was to cheap to buy into a sharpening system like the Tormek, which gets very good reviews, but gets to be rather expensive once you factor in the various accessories. I tried the both water stones and sandpaper route with an alignment jig but still couldn’t get the edge that I wanted on my tools. That all changed when I bought the Worksharp 3000. Now I can produce a mirror edge on my chisels and irons with which I can I could literally shave. The 3000 system sells for about $200 and the 2000 system, which lacks the ability to sharpen turning tools, sells for $100. You can see the video at

By the way welcome to LJs. I am sure that this will prove to be a great experience for you.

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#6 posted 01-09-2008 08:45 PM

I use waterstones for my sharpening. I have 1000, 4000 and 8000 stones. If you go the waterstone route, the combo stones can same you a little money. I also have a Course/X-Course DMT stone, I use to flatten my water stones. I also use the DMT stone to work the primary bevel of my chisels and plane blades. I don’t use a grinder at this time.

As for honing guides is use one like this.

There are a couple DVDs out there that cover sharpening pretty well. The medod I use is by David Charlesworth. I got his DVDs from

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