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#1 posted 01-27-2017 02:45 PM

Derek, I chopped and pared, using the PM-V11, LN, and Pfiel chisels. Chisel sizes used were 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch. The 3/8 was a LN, and my new 3/8 PM-V11 chisel will be here in 2 days – since it quickly became obvious that I wanted a 3/8 in that steel. Most of the ‘adjusting pins by paring’ was with the Pfiel 1/4 inch.

I think I read your article on chisel steels, and a very good article it is. That might be the article that caused me to want and to build a chopping board like you show in your photo above. Over the years, I’ve chopped on various boards and surfaces, but I wanted something better. The new chopping board is of 1 1/4 inch thick White Oak, with an end attachment that allows it to be held firm by an end vise. And I drilled 3/4 inch holes along one edge for use with a holdfast (similar to what you have shown).

For what it’s worth, I kept all my sharpening gear set up on an adjacent table, so I could use it as needed. I touched up the chisel edges as they dulled to the point that I could tell they needed work, and I found that all I needed for that was a Hard Black Arkansas stone and a strop with yellow jeweler’s rouge. I could not say that one steel was easier or less easy to sharpen.

You were a help to me, so thanks much. I’ve been dovetailing for years, but after all the recent research and chopping, it’s only now that I feel really competent. The job is complete and the chisels are again sharp.


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