whoring out chisels

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Blog entry by branch posted 10-01-2010 01:32 AM 14821 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hi first blog i think not sure if it works just wondered when is it time to throw away your chisel when are the to short to use i use my chisels down to the Handel i am to miserable to buy new ones i would rather buy timber with the money what is your thoughts on this


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 10-01-2010 01:48 AM

A very well done video of a very nice bowl.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 10-01-2010 02:46 AM

I say get every pennies worth out of them. Wear them down to the nub and keep using them! I find it hard to give up a good tool I have had for years.
Very nice bowl.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#3 posted 10-01-2010 04:29 AM

they’d probably work better like that
less vibration=smoother cut ;)

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 10:16 AM

Hi Branch.

I’m with Jim on this one. If it still works, why replace it? As long as whatever is left will take an edge, it’s still useful/

Beautiful bowl, buddy. Wish I could do turning anywhere near that nice!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 10:30 AM

I teach, therefore I always have a new set sitting.
Threatening never to let the students use them again.
I like a nice length chisel though and after about halfway I upgrade.
Woodturning chisels, I’ve three of each, all varying lengths.
I don’t allow anyone to sharpen my chisels though. If they want to learn they do that on their own chisels.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 10-01-2010 11:52 AM

I’m a big fan of Superflute gouges, and I go through 1/2” ones pretty fast. As I grind mine down, I shift their use to the outside of my bowls, and later as skew scrapers a la John Jordan when they get nubby. My new one is then used for the deeper reach stuff and heavy hogging where leverage is important. As Del Stubbs once said, “Hey, you bought the whole tool.”

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 01:32 PM

Branch, this is a great post! I have a way to go before mine are this short .

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 05:04 PM

I forgot to mention that I have the same set of chisels, RECORD, & I love them.

I did make some larger handles though for my big mittens.<(:O}$

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 10-02-2010 01:44 AM

I don’t turn, but watching the video sure makes me curious. Whatever you are doing with your tools, KEEP DOING IT. You do really good work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 10-02-2010 12:42 PM

hi thanks for all your thoughts i am glad to hear that i am not the only one who is slow to replace his or her chisels
i also have 3 or 4 sets of chisels all at different lengths some new and very old i think i like using the old ones better.
yes no one touches my chisels or sharpens them either

i like record tools chisels and laths i have three laths they are all record i think the yare a good strong lath not to expensive but they take a lot of abuse. keep on turning for every
i have turn 1 of my old leth into a drum sander branch

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#11 posted 10-04-2010 08:49 PM

I don’t know about the chisels, but the bowl is gonna be nice :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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