Christmas Chisel

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.

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