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chisles.. do you sharpen em or just buy new ones

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  • #219725

    jkirk
    Moderator
    halifax, nova scotia

    i use to regrind my chiels all the time to get a fresh edge when knicking them.. but it seems like i cant stay ahead of it.. too busy.. im constantly chipping the edges hitting nails or they just get dull.. today i went into home depot and found the clearance rack loaded with the marples irwin strike plate chisels for dirt cheap.. picked up 2 1″ chisels for under $6 their regularly like $15..

    do you guys just buy new ones or do you regrind them

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit

    #219729

    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    I have a set of those same Marples you just picked up! I do sharpen them fairly regularly, but I can’t stand anything less than razor sharp edges. I use a Work Sharp and it takes about a minute to touch up each chisel.

    Jon P.
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    #219772

    utopia78
    Pro
    Toronto, ON

    When I was doing tons of sealant removal I used a sharpening stone each day before use so it would be super sharp. Now that I use them for occasional cleaning of mortar during restoration they get very chipped and would take more than a sharpening stone.

    A Working Pro since 2004

    #219781

    Lakelover
    Pro
    Fort Qu'Appelle, SK

    Sharpen the good ones, till I can shave.

    Have a few beaters and leave them for beaters.

    #219782

    Seven-Delta-FortyOne
    Pro
    The Emerald Triangle, Northern California

    My beater chisel that rides in the bags cost me 30 something bucks, so I resharpen it from time to time.

    My good, Timber-Framing chisels, from Barr Tools, are about $150 apiece, so they certainly get resharpened. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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    #219795

    Dustincoc
    Pro
    Madrid, NY

    I sharpen mine pretty close to razor sharp but I also have beaters to take the abuse.

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    #219796

    staker
    Pro

    I touch up the beaters on the bent sander handy and fast

    Dave

    #219797

    cranbrook2
    Pro
    Belgrave, Ontario , Canada

    I do all my own sharpening , it saves a lot of money in no time .

    #219801

    MRenes
    Pro
    Vienna, Missouri

    I do all my own sharpening , it saves a lot of money in no time .

    Same here… We have tons of them and we just sharpen the good ones and the rest are used as beaters

    #219803

    hgonzalez7
    Pro
    San Antonio, Texas

    I sharpen mine when needed.

    Bert

    #219838

    ChadM
    Moderator
    East Palestine, Ohio

    I always sharpen my chisels, even the beaters. I will do my sharpening early morning Saturday or Sunday or on the nights I can’t sleep I will head out to the shop and sharpen a chisel or a handsaw. There is something relaxing about the repitition of filing a saw or lapping a chisel on a wet stone.

    Chad

    A Working Pro since 1993

    Member since 12/07/2013

    #219847

    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    I always sharpen my chisels, even the beaters. I will do my sharpening early morning Saturday or Sunday or on the nights I canโ€™t sleep I will head out to the shop and sharpen a chisel or a handsaw. There is something relaxing about the repitition of filing a saw or lapping a chisel on a wet stone.

    Isn’t that the truth! It is relaxing, but I don’t have the patience to keep it up long enough to get an edge.

    Jon P.
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    #219851

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    Same as everyone else. Sharpen them all specially the good ones.

    Can’t say I like it. I find it painstaking & it never gets as good as new. They where down quick too, probably from losing the temper.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #219853

    monman1
    Pro

    I sharpen my chisles on a bench grinder, but all of my chisles are beaters.

    Member since April 4, 2014

    doer of all , master of none.

    #219855

    CrpntrFeak
    Pro
    Globe, AZ

    Sharpen with a belt sander. Good enough for the gals I wish I went with…..

    #219860

    ChadM
    Moderator
    East Palestine, Ohio

    Here is a great video from Lie-Nielsen on how to sharpen a chisel. This is basically the method I use.

    Chad

    A Working Pro since 1993

    Member since 12/07/2013

    #219891

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    Yeah painstaking. Lol ๐Ÿ™‚ no sound?
    The guy even has a stone holder.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #219898

    Thanks for the video @chadm. I get my nicer chisels sharpened. My beater chisel I keep in my tool belt gets hit with a grinder every once in a while.

    I lost my first beater chisel a while ago and ended up buying about 12 misc chisels off Ebay for like $20. There were 4-5 decent ones in the lot. Now I have a few back-up beaters if I lose one again.

    Andrew

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    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #219899

    ChadM
    Moderator
    East Palestine, Ohio

    no sound?

    I have audio when I play the video…

    Chad

    A Working Pro since 1993

    Member since 12/07/2013

    #219914

    jkirk
    Moderator
    halifax, nova scotia

    i use a similar method but i dont go as far with the sharpening on most of them. ill try to have one or two super sharp ones and the majority are good general use and a couple for beaters which get knicks ground out but dont really see the water stone too often

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit

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