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Forum topic by Loren posted 04-29-2014 05:15 AM 988 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2014 05:15 AM

I wanted a bevel edge chisel in the 35mm range for veneer work
so I bought a vintage one on ebay for $10 shipped. Great deal really.
I reckoned the steel might be good.

I’ll say this: I do believe it’s a good chisel but I spent a crazy
amount of time flattening its back. Several hours… and
I have a Makita wet grinder.

I dunno what to tell you about old chisels. I’m glad it was only
the one. Allegedly it was made in France. I had to grind off
so much metal to flatten the back the mark was obliterated.

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#1 posted 04-29-2014 05:40 AM

Flattening the entire back is pretty extreme, so I’m not surprised it was an ordeal. I like old tools a lot, but deeply pitted chisels are usually on my pass list.

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#2 posted 04-29-2014 06:49 AM

Time is money

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#3 posted 04-29-2014 01:25 PM

That’s several hours you could have spent playing with a brand new one. The lessons we learn, eh?

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 01:32 PM

All good points, but you did breathe new life into a tool that was doomed. Much energy and effort are represented in a small amount of hardened steel. There is value in saving old gals. Perhaps not when there are other pressing issues, so really, it depends on one’s schedule.

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#5 posted 04-29-2014 02:07 PM

Loren +10

If you recall what the label looked like, was it possibly Coulaux & Co. ?

FWIW, a while back I picked up a Coulaux & Co. pig sticker with a market days haul I fell into. Fun stuff for sure!

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#6 posted 04-29-2014 03:24 PM

Restoring old tools can be a fun hobby and there is a certain amount of satisfaction to some people that comes from giving and old tool a new life.

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#7 posted 04-29-2014 04:21 PM

It wasn’t pitted. It has a curve in the back. The seller
said it was French. The logo on the back was a sort
of ship and said “xxport” “Export”. Either the first word
was something French or it said “Import”.

It took a long time to condition it for use so I reckon
it should hold and edge adequately.

I wanted one to hold by the chisel part, not the handle,
for slicing veneer with the corner of the chisel edge,
so it had to have the right shape for that.

Overall it was a learning experience as I’ve never had to
go so far to prep a chisel for work.

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