Ever bought a chisel that was really sharp and honed
to a perfect cutting edge? How about a hand plane's
I'd hardly call a Two Cherries bench chisel crap.
Nor would I call the iron in a Lee Nielsen plane
crap. Both will work as purchased - sort of.
But they will work a lot better with a few minutes
of my time - and they will lose their edge in use.
Sharpening is just part of maintenance of edged
A crappy tool is one you can't make work well
with a just a little "tuning" and the knowledge
of what needs "tuning".
This goes with "expectations vs reality".
Some try and buy knowledge and skills, or
at least think they can - in no small part
because of marketing departments. Those
folks are often disappointed - and sometimes
Oh - if you have any dull forstner bits you're
going to throw away - send them to me.
Assuming YOU didn't try drilling through
something other than wood or haven't
burned them too bad - I could probably
use them. My e-mail address is good.
Drop me a line and I'll e-mail the address
to which to send them. (never know when
an english teacher is out searching for
dangling perpositions - word to the wise)
So you set the bit right? On mine it says to set the chisle 1/16" from
seated then set the drill to seat, then move the chisle up to seated.
Mine is a Powermatic and I have to feed it pretty fast and hard in short
increments, going slow just starts to burn.
As others have said, the bit itself is the culprit. They (mine) came from
the factory virtually useless. After sharpening the bit, smoothing the
waste flutes and honing the chisel, it works very well. I do use a bit of
bees wax as a lubricant as well. This keeps the chips from getting stuck
between the waste flutes and chisel.
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