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awsum55

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10-26-2021 06:30 PM

I needed a smaller chisel and I was in the middle of a project and I didn’t want to wait for a delivery. I have a set of spade drill bits that I purchased before I knew anything about woodworking. They have a screw that pulls the bit into the wood. These are only good for rough work, not furniture. I needed a smaller chisel than the one that I had.

I took the smallest one (1/4”) and ground it down into a chisel. I made a quick handle for it. It holds an edge and is very handy when getting into tight spaces.

-- John D, OP, KS


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Ocelot

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#1 posted 10-26-2021 06:46 PM

I made a 9/16 screwdriver out of a spade bit for chipbreaker screws.

Very nice looking little chisel there.

You know, you could have bought a harbor-freight set for less than 10. But maybe you don’t have a HF store nearby.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 10-26-2021 06:54 PM

I was going to say “open your window and be prepared to catch” as I set up the rocket with chisel attached.

Fortunately I finished reading and see you’re all set, way to go John! 8^)

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#3 posted 10-26-2021 07:28 PM

Hah, great idea. Is that an electrolysis etch of the 1/4” text? Seems like it might get in the way if you sharpen the chisel enough times.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 10-27-2021 05:17 AM



I made a 9/16 screwdriver out of a spade bit for chipbreaker screws.

Very nice looking little chisel there.

You know, you could have bought a harbor-freight set for less than 10. But maybe you don t have a HF store nearby.

- Ocelot

Never thought about HF.

-- John D, OP, KS

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awsum55

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#5 posted 10-27-2021 05:18 AM



I was going to say “open your window and be prepared to catch” as I set up the rocket with chisel attached.

Fortunately I finished reading and see you re all set, way to go John! 8^)

- splintergroup

Thanks buddy

-- John D, OP, KS

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awsum55

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#6 posted 10-27-2021 05:20 AM



Hah, great idea. Is that an electrolysis etch of the 1/4” text? Seems like it might get in the way if you sharpen the chisel enough times.

- bobasaurus

Before that happens, I’ll try HF. For now this worked for what I needed it for.

-- John D, OP, KS

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MakeThings

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#7 posted 10-27-2021 06:14 AM

There was a channel on youtube that once said you only need one chisel…

I have a 3/4” chisel that I made…I should try that to get a smaller chisel.

Nice work.

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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#8 posted 10-27-2021 10:27 PM

Hi John D, I have plenty of old spade bits to make chisels. What angle did you arrive at and what wood were you using in your project?
TIA
BN

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#9 posted 10-28-2021 08:38 PM

Pretty sure I went with a 30º angle. At the time I was working with walnut, but I’m sure it will work on all types of wood as long as it’s sharp.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#10 posted 10-29-2021 05:44 AM

John I miss Craftsman of old. I can’t tell you the number of screwdrivers of theirs I turned into something else. If it didn’t work, or it was truly a one and done you could drag it back to Sears, and get a brand spankin new piece to replace the altered one.

I worked in hardware for Sears before, and during College, it was about 8 years. We had a big tub of the exact same kind of tools others had brought in. If it was slow we would gather around, and try to figure out someone else was trying to get done. If whoever it was that did the swap was working, they had to keep mum while we guessed, unless someone guessed it, then they would say correct.

Believe me, most weren’t near as obvious as your chisel.

-- Think safe, be safe

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