Hand Made Paring Chisel

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Project by bbasiaga posted 09-20-2017 11:34 PM 1969 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey folks, thanks for taking a look here. My brother Paul helped me make this paring chisel from scratch.

We started with a flat piece of O1 tool steel 3/16” thick and 3/4” wide, cut it to rough shape, sanded the contours and used his belt grinder to create the bevels. A torch was used to to heat the steel and bend it to shape. We then used his heat treat oven to harden the steel, quenched it in oil, and annealed it so it would not be brittle. I turned a handle out of purpleheart and sapele.

I think it came out great! It will surely be one tool I will always cherish, and a definite heirloom.

This was certainly my first metalworking project of this scale. Really cool. You can see a video of the build process here:

Thanks for looking!

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#1 posted 09-21-2017 12:33 AM

Nice chisel, welcome to the dark side of metalworking! ;-)

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#2 posted 09-21-2017 12:59 AM

Excellent work, very clean grinding and cleanup work on the steel. What is the cutting angle? The last step in heat treatment is called tempering, annealing is a different process that fully softens steel.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 09-21-2017 02:06 AM

Bobasaurus, you’ve exposed me for the woodworker I am. Tempered it is.

The primary bevel is at 20 degrees, and I sharpened the cutting edge to 25 degrees. I figured it would mostly be used for through tenons, pegs, etc, which tend to be end grain. I could always sharpen it at a steeper angle if I choose. Since its not a chisel to be pounded on, the shallow primary bevel should be OK , and I thought it might give me a lower profile to sneak in to some places if I ever needed to.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#4 posted 09-21-2017 10:36 AM

Really nice job!

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#5 posted 09-21-2017 04:05 PM

You both did a great job on this tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 09-21-2017 05:17 PM

Yes excellent

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#7 posted 09-22-2017 03:33 AM

Looks awesome!

-- Todd

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