I’d mentioned earlier that I bought the “Exercises in Wood-Working” book+DVD set for my brother-in-law for christmas. It came is just under the $50 gift limit, on special and with free shipping.
This morning I decided I’d add a chisel and a block of practice wood to the package. The first few exercises in the book require a chisel. I stopped by “Drew’s Used Tools” to see if I could pick up a decent used chisel. Sadly, every time I go there I’m disappointed. Rusty, abused, broken low quality tools. There was one chisel that had potential, the rest were junk.
For the princely sum of $1.99 I was the proud (if temporary) owner of a beat up chisel.
The blade is actually nicely made, it has a large shoulder and tang so it should be pretty stout. The handle, not so much.
I stoned all of the faces to get most of the rust off. The back I worked until it was flat and free of pits. I worked the back up to 1,000 grit sandpaper, ground a new bevel and sharpened it. Sanded the handle, stained and oiled it. If I had a little more time I’d think about making a better handle, but this will suffice.
It’s very sharp. Sharp enough to pare across end grain on this really soft western red cedar that I have.
I also did a lot of work on the Stanley #5 restore today, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.