his chisels to get home any day. We will let him be the judge if they are sharp. Now….Ace’s chisels had uh-well been sharpened at a time or 20 and while I have a bevel gauge, I wasn’t quite sure where these were so I started with 80 grit on the Worksharpand a 25 degree bevel. Then I went to 120, 200, 400, 1000, 3600 and finally 6000. Basically, I made the bevel from scratch, that’s why I went through all of the grits. I could have perhaps skipped a couple, but not the 1000, 3600 and 6000. Then I went to a 30 degree and put a back bevel on the edge. I also used the 1000 and up to flatten the back, do now Ace has a sharp polished edge. We will let him respond as to what he thinks.
Now, I’ve got to be honest, I have oil, water, ceramic stones as well as some nice guides and I have the “scary sharp” plate glass or granite and sandpaper, no hype, no bull. That Worksharp is hard to beat. I spent about 20 minutes on Ace’s chisels including the one he sent with no handle and was beat all to h^&& as a joke.
Now don’t get me wrong, my stones and scary sharp put a super edge on but to completely rebuild a bevel and speed as well as arm saving, the Worksharp is about idiot proof. Ace only has to get him something to keep the chisels honed up and lay off the concrete, nails and bolts.
How long these chisels will retain their edge is the decisive point of the quality of the tool. How hard the steel is, that’s what I have been trying to get through to folks about the WoodRiver chisels and planes. Even my twice and sometimes 3x expensive tools are not out performing them. No sales pit or hype folks, just a fact.
One of my goals in writing all this is to have you new guys and those who have struggled using planes and chisels that more often than not, your issues are a result of dull, difficult to use tools. Dull edges are a nightmare and until you understand sharp, you just don’t know what you are missing.
I think out on the forum we need to set up a post on sharpening and using hand planes. I really want BigBob (Bob Kloes) to get in on the hand planing, he is extremely knowledgeable about them and has a few (hundred).
I realize few are users or have a lot of interest in planes and chisels, but once you use a sharp, well tuned tool, your view will change. Not only are they a pure pleasure to use, they do a lot of work. As a matter of fact, Fine Woodworking has two articles this month on their use written by Chris Gochenhour, I have met Chris, he is good.
Yesterday, Jeff Fleischer (chpcrvr) brought some cherry crotch (1/4″ thick) he had gotten from Willow Run and we laminated it up (3 layers) to make some door panels for a bathroom vanity he is doing. He is also finishing it in the spray booth. We are using a Gemini Coatings pre-cat lacquer and applying it with a Kremlin air assisted airless.
Here is a shot of the pigeon holes as they get their finish. So as typical here, a lot happening at the shop.
Oh yea, I put my tools away and found the work benches and thought about sweeping the floor, “thought about” is about as far as I’ve gotten on it though. Hoping the stain and glaze arrive today for our “pine antiquing” table we talked about. Time to make some saw dust and wipe some finish, Rock and Roll time. Catch Ya Later!