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Forum topic by WAPY posted 08-18-2017 06:59 AM 1268 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2017 06:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chisel paring chisel brazing hss glued handle maple tip

Hi all !

I was in need of a narrow chisel to work on delicate parts when making guitars so, after having done a bigger
one, I decided to make this paring chisel 4mm large with a regular 25° bevel. It is done, again, with a HSS-C bar 4×4x200mm, but with a different approach inside the handle. Instead of boring as usual the handle to fit the tang section, I decided to cut a short section of the bar and braze it to the remaining lenght making a “T” as you can see in the picture here:

The purpose is to avoid a bolster while mantaining the resistance to the pulling action at the same time; this chisel in intended to be pulled only, no hammer use.

Here is a picture of the inside of the handle (half handle) where the chisel is inserted :

And this is the finished chisel, with a brass ferrule; the two halves of handle are glued together with a tight contact with the chisel body.

any further suggestion is very precious, because I’m going to make also a 6×6 and a 8×8.

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#1 posted 08-18-2017 07:13 AM

I’ve found that using little epoxy to join the halves together is all that is required? Good looking little chisel by the way!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 08-18-2017 07:37 AM

well, yes Andre you are right, epoxy could be enough but you never can bet on the bond on HSS, even with cyanoacrilates it can suddendly unstuck when glued to hardwood (hard maple in this case); by the way, I took the chance of checking the brazing of such a hard steel and found out it works great !

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#3 posted 08-18-2017 03:17 PM

Just a thought. Use concrete nails and do a little grinding. Concrete nails are heat treated and hardened. You can cheaply buy a box of ‘em at Lowe’s or Home Depot. I keep a box of large concrete nails around for just these purposes.

Also, I have made two sets of carving tools. Here is a link.

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#4 posted 08-19-2017 04:34 AM

Nice job Pietro. That chisel should do the trick.

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#5 posted 08-21-2017 06:41 AM

thanks Grumpy, some more are on the way…

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#6 posted 09-10-2017 01:19 AM

How do you use a chisel on the pull stroke? Pushing with the palm of the hand I can see, driving with a mallet I can see, even across the edge in a scraping action… but a pull stroke?

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#7 posted 09-11-2017 06:34 AM

bridgerberdel LOL !! you are perfectly right, it’s my fault. Pushing not pulling, sorry.

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#8 posted 09-11-2017 06:21 PM

Nice little chisel. Thanks for sharing.

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