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Tool rehab part 1: piles of chisels #6: its alive

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Blog entry by garethmontreal posted 06-08-2020 01:14 AM 679 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Its been a while since i updated my restoration blog but dont worry it hasnt joined the vast legions of unfinished tool restoration blogs its alive. Ive finished sharpening 21 chisels the entire list is coming up at the end of the post. First ill lay what i used in the rehab process. I bought a 25 pound 12 1/2” by 9 1/2” certified flat block of granite which i found on amazon for 65 bucks Canadian including shipping.

I used a wide range of sand paper but found (as someone suggested) belt sander belts best for low grit lapping of the back. I worked my way up grits using 3m micro-finishing sheets for the finer grits (originally i bought some from lee valley bought they are pricey so i found much cheaper ones on ebay) all the chisels were finished up to 12,000 grit and then stropped. I bought a veritias mk 2 honing guide and it was absolutely money well spent. I also used a diamond cross two sided diamond (300/1000) plate as i didnt want to spent unlimited amounts of money and sharpening sheets. The Diamond Cross plate was less then 100 Canadian and is by far the best of the diamond plates ive used. A final note is that i sharpened the chisels at different angles depending on their intended use. Without further preamble here is the result.

and here is a close up of the Stanley everlasting chisel from earlier in the blog that I wrote about.

Ive moved on from the chisels for the moment and will be focusing on working on my newly expanded plane collection including two early Union number 6s and two Stanley 45s. Finally here is a list of all the chisels in the photos.

20 DEGREE IE. PAIRING CHISEL

1 1/2” X 7” BUCK BROS BEVEL EDGE SOCKET
5/8” X 3 3/4” ENGLE FIRMER CHISEL TANG
1/2” X3” WARD BEVEL EDGE TANG
3/8” X 4” ENGEL BEVEL EDGE TANG
3/8” X 3” MARPLES BEVEL EDGE TANG
3/8” X 5 1/2 ” T.H WETHERBY BEVEL EDGE SOCKET
1/4” X 3 1/2” T.H WETHERBY BEVEL EDGE SOCKET
1/4” X 3 1/2” BRADES BEVEL EDGE TANG

25 DEGREE

1 3/4” X 6” TH. WETHERBY BEVEL EDGE SOCKET
1 3/4” X 3” STANLEY EVERLASTING BEVEL EDGE SOCKET PATENT DATES 08 AND 09
1” X 5” STANLEY EVERLASTING BEVEL EDGE SOCKET PATENT NUMBER 1493176
1/4” 3” MARPLES BEVEL EDGE TANG
1/4” 3” I. SORBY BEVEL EDGE TANG

30 DEGREE

1” X 3 3/4” T. WALES & SONS FIRMER TANG
1/2 X 6 1/4 ” MARPLES FIRMER SOCKET
1/2 X 4” BUCK BROS BEVEL EDGE SOCKET
1/2” X 2 3/4” BUCK BROS BEVEL EDGE SOCKET
1/2” X 3 3/4” BUCK BROS BEVEL EDGE TANG
1/2” X 3” MARPLES BEVEL EDGE TANG
3/8” X 3 1/4” T. WALES & SONS FIRMER TANG

35 DEGREE

3/4” X 3 1/2” A. HILDICK FIRMER TANG

-- it never ends well if you start by unscrewing the split nuts



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Andre

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#1 posted 06-08-2020 07:20 PM

Just an observation, but I find the degree of bevel has more to do with the wood than the chisel? Since I hollow grind most of my chisels a slight change in bevel, even micro bevel can be done on a 1000 WS and polished on a 8000 WS in a minute or so! LOL! I’d love to see someone tell, show the difference on 1 or 2 degress bevel!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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garethmontreal

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#2 posted 06-08-2020 11:59 PM

Hi Andre i first I want to thank you for reading and commenting on my blog, cheers. Secondly I agree the angle of the chisel mostly has to due with the type of wood being worked on (soft wood vs hard wood). But it also depends on whether you are using a mallet with them or not to a certain degree. As to the micro bevel question i agree actually most of the chisels i worked on i didn’t add a micro bevel. I came to that decision after reading Paul Sellers opinion on it.
https://paulsellers.com/2012/01/sharpening-chisels-forget-weaker-micro-bevels/

-- it never ends well if you start by unscrewing the split nuts

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