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Project by kiefer posted 08-24-2012 02:28 AM 5569 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day we were working on some timber framing in a new house and needed to do some paring of some of the joints and my friend got his brand new chisels out of his tool box .
One look at the chisels and I said they need to be honed ,where is your stone ?
Well chisels he had, but not sharp ,so now what?
I looked around the house and spotted some off cuts of hardwood flooring which I know make a saw blade dull in no time and thought that may work ,
Two three minutes on the flooring off cut and I had a sharp chisel and got to work .
The floor finish contains aluminum oxide which I think makes it abrasive and therefore a makeshift hone .
Next thing I will try is a piece of counter top laminate,it may also work and should be flatter.
In pic 5 you can see the prove ( my arm hair shaved off in one stroke ).

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 08-24-2012 03:18 AM

Wow, thats crazy, pretty cool.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 08-24-2012 03:32 AM

very cool. way to think outside the box ;)

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#3 posted 08-24-2012 03:38 AM

Well I guess your friend can now sharpen his chisels and no problems.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 08-24-2012 04:49 AM

Now that one I have to renumber

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#5 posted 08-24-2012 05:00 AM

Can I send you my Stanley Sweethearts ;-)

That’s amazing!

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#6 posted 08-24-2012 07:12 AM

Nice one Kiefer, same thing with new woodturning gear, you have to finish the factory “shaping” of the edge :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 08-24-2012 07:56 AM

That is fascinating.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 08-24-2012 09:53 AM

Nice tip to know and good job on that chisel.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 08-24-2012 10:45 AM

Kind of like a strap.
I also hear people saying you can do this on MDF, but yes, why not at the end.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 08-24-2012 11:45 AM

I got stuck on a job site with a dull chisel. Whipped out my Leatherman and used the diamond hone on it , problem solved! One evening I used my small Leatherman to sharpen my large Leatherman and then vise versa. My big Leatherman has interchangeable screwdriver tips. A belt pouch carries about 16 double ended bits, hex, square,slot , Phillips ,star…. Everything I have ever needed to handle that tool repair or odd fastener.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#11 posted 08-24-2012 01:53 PM

Hardness is an interesting concept to get your head wrapped around….

In theory, any object of a higher hardness can abrade another object of lesser hardness.

And there are some pretty humble materials (i.e. sand) that just happen to be very hard.

Likewise…. there are many materials that one would “think” should be hard (unalloyed metals) that prove not to be.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#12 posted 08-24-2012 02:48 PM

“Outstanding Thinking Outside the Box” award to you! You turned what could have been a VERY frustrating experience into a success. Definitely a trick to remember, because I never would have thought of it on my own.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#13 posted 08-24-2012 02:55 PM

Good thinking,thinking outside the box is how Mike Dunbar came up with the Scary sharp method .


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#14 posted 08-24-2012 05:14 PM

There have been chisel honing and sharpening debates here on LJ’s You’ve come up with another one. Glad it worked for you! :-) Bet heas a honing stone now, or some fine oxide grit and a piece of glass. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 08-24-2012 05:25 PM

The floor finish contains aluminum oxide

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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