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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 04-03-2013 01:17 AM 900 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2013 01:17 AM

I’ve been wanting to make my own chisels, but the cost of HSS is outrageous. Well, today I stopped at a store, that happened to be closed and I couldn’t find a place to park so a lady who came out of another store said I could park in her loading zone. So I went in to her shop out of courtesy, and found some real treasures.

The long bars are HSS Key material made in USA and very old. Came out of a basement of a tool shop. 2$ each
The short fat bars are some kind of tool steel very sharp and very hard. .60 each

I’m not finished grinding them. I’m doing five at a time with the same scraper bevel so as to not work one to the point of heating it too much. Although they seem to stand up to the grinding without turning a bit blue. Still I only do a couple minutes at a time and they are cool enough to touch when I switch to another.

My trusty sharpening system with the guide on the 80g side.

I clamped on a piece of walnut as a 90 degree guide, buy the tool itself is a bit off. Not enough to worry about at this point. When I get to honing it will be important.

And my old trusty undogable grinder which is excellent for taking the heel off that chisel quickly to I don’t have so much to grind on the sharpening system.

Can’t wait to see them cut. I plan to make some special cutters for trouble spots and I have the stock to turn some nice walnut handles, I will have to get my sawyer to use his mortise machine to cut them square holes though, or I could turn them round, I have metal cutting tools.

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 01:20 AM

Nice find

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 01:27 AM

Some days are nothing but sunshine. You’re a lucky fellow.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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