Pair of Angle Paring Chisels

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Project by hhhopks posted 12-25-2012 02:51 AM 2733 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the project that finally got completed today during my winter break. These chisels have been lying around unfinished for almost a year. All it need is some finish on the handles. I throw on couple of coats of shellac and call it good. I am not sure if I actually need a pair of angle paring chisels but now, I got a pair. The chisels are old chisels that have been re-grinded. The back has been lapped (seems to take forever). I could of lap some more but I’ll save it for future sharpening. It was old rusty chisels that I accumulated form different sales. I really didn’t have any use for it.

Vital Spec:

Wood is locust.
Copper (water pipe) ferrule.
Leather washers at the rear (4).
Approximate Dimensions: See pictures.
Chisel: No markings, tang, beveled, Grinded as angle paring chisel.

Looks like I am ready for more chisel handles as I got blanks set up. Leather washers are optional.

Locust and walnut blanks.

Leather washer glued on to the handle.

Leather washers made from scrape leather. Evidently, I got bags of it from last year.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#1 posted 12-25-2012 03:42 AM

Well done HHHOPKS!

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#2 posted 12-25-2012 03:57 AM

What did you use to cut out the leather washers so neatly?

Nice Job H.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 12-25-2012 04:27 AM

yeah, tell us more about the leather, and your process. they look great.

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#4 posted 12-25-2012 06:55 AM

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#5 posted 12-25-2012 02:02 PM

I worked as an apprentice to an organ maker where I learned that felt, leather, cork, and plastic washers and discs were made with Osborne hole punches. (google Osborne hole punch). I want a set. But that doesn’t explain how these washers were made.

Seeing those nice skews pushes me a little closer to making a pair for myself.

We’re waiting, hhhopks! Merry Christmas!

-- DanK All my life I've wanted to be someone. I see now I should have been more specific.

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#6 posted 12-25-2012 03:12 PM

How the leather washers look really didn’t matter. It is an intermediate step of the chisel handle construction. After gluing up the washer on to the blank I put it back on the lathe to turn it to shape the profile. Here are the methods that I have tried. They all give me the same end results. However, the last method is the fastest and the cleanest. To me time is the issue here.

#1. Drill a hole and cut out the perimeter with scissors. The center hole is not very clean and the hand cut edges are horrible.

#2. Use a leather hole punch. The center one is easy but I didn’t have money for the large punch for the outer circle so I am back to the scissors. Also the prospect of laying out the center lines for punch alignment doesn’t sound attractive.

#3. I use a modified spade bit that has been re-grinded. I have two cutters that stick down. The inner cutter is a bit longer than the outer cutter. I do the cut on a drill press just like cutting wood. I have learned that a holddown plate is needed to hold the leather in place. This plate is just a simple board with a larger diameter hole and hand held in place putting pressure downward on to the leather.

I’ll post a blog on the process along with pictures for future LJ reference. I’ll come back with a link.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#7 posted 12-28-2012 12:19 AM

Here is the link to my blog for the leather washers.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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