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Forum topic by JUC posted 10-20-2014 09:20 PM 984 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JUC

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10-20-2014 09:20 PM

Just received my new swan-neck chisel and It really needs sharpening. I have no idea how to go about sharpening this tool. All my other chisels are razor sharp, the curved neck has me at a loss. Can I use a jig or is it a free hand thing?
Thanks for your help
Jeffrey

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#1 posted 10-22-2014 02:56 PM

bump

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#2 posted 10-25-2014 09:51 AM

Jeffrey, I do mine freehand. The outside I’ve polished, then gone to the inside and just put a slight bevel there. I use mine more as a scraping, levering tool in a mortice than as a chisel to pare material away.
Hope this helps.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 10-25-2014 10:52 AM

I would think free hand would be the way. I suppose you could fit it in a honing guide but there’s nothing to keep the curve at the same spot for repeating it the next time, so you might as well just freehand.

What else is a swan neck good for by the way?

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#4 posted 10-27-2014 09:09 PM

Thanks for the information, I think freehand is the way to go. I use it mostly as a scraping tool in a mortice.
Thanks again!!
Jeffrey

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