Send me one, I'll sharpen it and send it back to you. Then, you can
decide whether or not it's worth the effort to sharpen the rest.
I've had trouble with 1/4" chisels on the Work Sharp, so better make it
1/2" or larger.
Thanks Mike. You are correct, I am not against sharp tools. I just don't
use chisels enough to worry about sharpening them. I'm lucky if I even use
a chisel once a year, and even then I tend to be rather hard on them (more
for construction tasks than fine woodworking).
I would love to do more hand tool work, but most of the projects I do are
fairly basic and completed with power tools.
You should do like I do.
You owe it to yourself a to go out and get a low to mid priced new set of
chisels. Like some metal ended Stanley's. Put them where they will not get
used for rough construction. A small amount of discipline means you go back
to the toolbox and get your old beater chisels out when you want to get
rough with a chisel. Then take your old beater chisels and with a cup of
water or oil to frequently dip and keep them cool, hit them up on the bench
grinder of stationary sanding disk, and get them back to a good profile, and
roughly sharp. Sure, they are not like they would be with a wet stone, but
who cares. They are for rough work, and not perfect, but at least they can
be close to sharp.
Then you have the best of both worlds, even if you are not in the hand tool
world all that often, you with be able to do it the best you can, and
safely, as a bonus.
It's not that I "choose" not to sharpen, I just haven't had the need or the
knowledge/tools to sharpen them.
The set of chisels I have now are probably 5-6 years old and I've probably
only used them briefly four or five times. I used them last week to square
up routed rabbet corners in a picture frame, probably the biggest task I've
ever used them for. They're still about as sharp as the day I bought them.
They seem to cut well when I have needed them.
I have an older set of chisels that I use more for construction work. I've
hit nails and everything else with them. They take a beating, but I never
use them for fine detail work.
I keep meaning to pick up a sharpening stone or something and learn how to
sharpen my chisels. It just isn't something that has been a big priority
since I rarely use them. In the past, I've just bought a new set of chisels
when the old set got dull. :)
In any case, my original post was meant to support Brian at
GarageWoodworks, not delve into my personal sharpening habits. :)
So I looked at your website. Nice work you have done...
Not sure how you work without ever really needing a chisel.
I find I use a chisel quite often.
As far as Brian goes, and I appreciate that you support him, but that
technique of rocking the chisel back and forth is really ugly. The
fibers were ripped like crazy. For me, that would not have been the way
I would have cut it. I use the tool to cut, chop.. Prying is left to
mortising. Twisting.... never.. it's not what the tool was designed for,
nor how it should be used. The result may have been ok, for him and
others, but for me, it was UGLY.
And the problem is that Brian is teaching people with these videos.. And
that's my problem.... teaching them right and there are more than one
right way... is fine.. teaching them that.. well, no..
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