my first pint of blood offered to the Chisel Gods

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 11-30-2013 05:25 AM 899 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2013 05:25 AM

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egads :) who knew refurbishing a home was so… unhealthy?

with the garage FINALLY heated, insulated (at least for now…insulating walls will have to be done when the wallet says it’s ok), i now turn my attention to hand tools and storage. I have looked at all hand tool cabinets here on LJ project page and will mirror a few selected ones. For this upcoming project, I foresee diving into hand cut dovetails, router planing (to a point), dinky mortise / tenon joinery, and then finishing. The first step, sharpening out of box chisels. I have in my possession 6 piece set of new Crown butt chisels, 4 piece set of new Crown cranked chisels, new 1/2” standard Crown chisel… and some HD bought 4 piece Dewault chisels (hay… the sticker says made in Sheffield, England and not China…what did i know?). I also have Eze-Lap diamond stones of 150, 250, light medium, heavy medium, fine and 1200 super-fine, with a new (but old unused) Keen Kutter leather strop (still have to get the green compound) and with the Veritas mk II honing jig. So… i think i have the basics to get started. And so…I did.
I learned really fast, I have much to learn. Flattening the back of these Crown Chisels (i believe they are carbon steel) nearly took an hour. I started with the veritas jig to make a 25degree primary bevel aok. turned the little knob below to make the secondary bevel… i just do not see it after 15minutes. Must be doing something wrong.
But anyways… I learned my holding technique of flattening the back of just one chisel comes with a blood price :) Am going to have to watch some more videos to see how people do this without calling 911. I can see on larger chisels, this should not be a problem. but 1/2” and smaller?

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#1 posted 11-30-2013 11:12 AM

If you ain’t bleeding, you ain’t trying. That’s the line in my shop.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-30-2013 01:27 PM

I gave up on refurbers. I really don’t know why they need both sites anyway. They are basically the same in content – woodworking, but Lumberjocks has a much better format. and, no ads for Viagra.

I also gave up on trying to completely flatten chisels and left the grinder arch and ended up with just the first 1/8” sharpened on my daily users. I admit, I have a sweet set of Stanley 720s that are flat and shiny and sharp enough to shave with but, I never use them.

Great to practice anyway, especially when there’s a little blood involved.

This reminds me of an ol’ carpenter friend who would volunteer to sharpen our chisels and block plane blades about once a month. He had the perfect set up and could produce a machine like finish that was wicked sharp.

hope you enjoy your newly heated shop.

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#3 posted 11-30-2013 02:23 PM

I hate to admit it, but I also pretty much wrote off HR. The spammers have taken over and it seems to overwhelming for MsDebbie to keep up with. Maybe another forum on LJ’s just for home improvement projects..??
I know about the blood letting in the sharpening arena. Have worn through on a finger or thumb that was hanging over just a little to much. Don’t even feel it until I see red. Ooops…..

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#4 posted 11-30-2013 03:49 PM

that would be a great idea, gary. move refurbs to LJ’s under another forum since both are related (it is why I got into wood working in the first place… building a vegetable plant bed :)

i was just curious how wood workers hold smaller chisels for flattening the back. my fingers get slippery when i use the windex. late last night.. was even thinking of building a small jig somehow, just for this one purpose.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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