I’ve decided I hate my chisels. I know that’s a strong sentiment, I tell my 12 year old “hate is too strong, we don’t hate”. In this case I think it’s warrented.
I’ve been working a lot of Douglass Fir for both my workbench and my “sharpening station”. The wood for the sharpening station is green, fairly damp and splintery. I was working on the stretcher tenons this morning, I knifed in the shoulder and wanted to deepen the scribe line and pare out a little wedge for a “first class saw cut”. Here is the freshly sharpened chisel. There are a few spots that look like a little nicks, but it’s actually tiny little curls of wood that it lifted when I set it down. I checked it for smoothness with my thumbnail, and even shaved a spot on my arm (I gotta stop doing that, I’m betting a bald spot there. It’s definitely shaving-sharp.
I went around the entire knife line, set the chisel in place and gave it a light tap, lift and repeat. I’m going maybe 1/32″ of an inch deep total including the knife cut. The shadow from the work light to the left makes the cut look deeper than it is. I worked my way around two ends, for two tenons, gently.
After the first tenon end was done I could feel burs on the chisel. Seriously? Here it is after the second tenon was pared. I think you can see the nicks and burs in the edge, it need to be sharpened again. I asked Santa for a set of Lie-Nielsen chisels for Christmas. I hope she was paying attention.
PS: I also strongly dislike the huge side edge, it’s about 1/8″ tall at the cutting edge. What part of “bevel edge” don’t then understand. If they held a sharp edge I’d re-grind the side bevels so that they didn’t dig in to the sides of my dovetails. Oh well.