Not Straight outta the Box #1: Sharpening a Chisel

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Blog entry by whope posted 12-31-2020 08:08 PM 1178 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For many, this is shop season. For me, it’s too cold in my shop, so I work on other things.

Over the summer, I picked up a set of Japanese chisels. So sharpening them is something I can do indoors.

People new to woodworking may assume, as I did, that chisels (and planes) are ready to go out of the box. So I’m also starting a series about things you have to do to some tools before you use them.

Anyway, here’s how I sharpen chisels:

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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#1 posted 01-01-2021 12:38 AM

The standard flattener you’re using requires flattening which makes it less reliable. The only time I use mine anymore is when I want to put an extra coarse surface on my Tormek wheel. I use a DMT DiaFlat-95 160 grit diamond plate. It’s a 4×10 inch plate which means there’s less chance of rolling off the edge of the 3×8 inch stones I have, and it will remain flat indefinitely.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 01-01-2021 01:21 AM

After you’ve mastered chisels, tell me how to “flatten” the backside of a #7 carving gouges.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#3 posted 01-01-2021 01:56 AM

@Rich: Thanks for the pointer. I’ll look into that.

@Phil: Haha, sorry, no lathe in my shop. At least not that.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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