Get That Chisel Sharp
Get that chisel sharp is article about Hand Tools bookmarked by rafael with ID 11458458053 was uploaded on 21-03-2019 and has been viewed 138,191 times.
Anybody who shaves knows that a dull cutting tool is more likely to do damage than a sharp one.Same goes for woodworking chisels.You've got to get those chisels sharp if you want to them to work well, and be safe to use.
It might surprise you to learn that brand new chisels aren't ready to go to work.Most chisels are ground, not honed, by the manufacturer.Grinding is, well, grinding.A shaping process.Honing is what it takes to get the chisel REALLY sharp so it cuts effectively.
The grinding marks near the tip of the chisel in the picture tell me this one needs some work.Our goal is to remove the marks left behind by the grinder.You'll need a whetstone and some lubricating oil.
Notice the two different colors in the stone.The stone has a coarse side and a fine side.For honing, use the fine side.If you manage to chip a chisel, or otherwise damage it, and really need to remove some metal to make it right, start on the coarse side.
Saturate the stone with oil.This prevents the metal filings, called swarf, from clogging up the stone.A new stone...