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

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  • #290009

    Anonymous

    I grind and sharpen my chisels. I have one swiss steel set that is made of softer steel and needs sharpening more often, but I keep them aroung for the finer detail work because they can take a sharper edge than the harder steel chisels.

    #290030

    utopia78
    Pro
    Toronto, ON

    When I used chisels to remove sealants we would use a sharpening stone and sharpen by hand. I assume they would be need to be much more precise with wood.

    A Working Pro since 2004

    #293990

    Anonymous

    I get it when it comes to some stuff, but what tool owner throws chisels away rather than sharpen them?

    #294060

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    but what tool owner throws chisels away rather than sharpen them?

    Not me, I’ll sharpen them.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #294063

    cranbrook2
    Pro
    Belgrave, Ontario , Canada

    I would never throw away a dull chisel , I use my bench grinder to sharpen them .

    #294257

    Anonymous

    Sharpen them unless they somehow get gouged. Your chisels should look like this chefs knives by the time you are done with them! And yes, that is the same knife.

    #294262

    jstare
    Pro
    Langley, BC

    I get it when it comes to some stuff, but what tool owner throws chisels away rather than sharpen them?

    I think that it is a rarity for anyone to just throw away a chisel unless it is actually damaged beyond repair. It would be cheaper to pay someone to sharpen them for you than it would be to replace them all the time

    #294712

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Sharpen them unless they somehow get gouged. Your chisels should look like this chefs knives by the time you are done with them! And yes, that is the same knife.

    Oh those look like fine Japanese sushi knives. Is that what you do? Are you a Sushi chef??

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #305264

    Anonymous

    I sharpen my own. I have two sets. One small set of regular chisels and one set of Swiss chisels my father gave me that are made of softer steel. The regular chisels sharpen well and hold an edge pretty good. The Swiss chisels sharpen to a razor edge, but dull quicker. I use the regular chisels for most work and the Swiss chisels for the fine detail work.

    #305338

    roninohio
    Pro
    New Franklin, OH

    I sharpened my to much and took off the tip of my thumb the other day.
    I have a beater set and my pride and joy set.
    A tool has to be pretty bad before I toss it away.

    #305348

    Always sharpen – even the beater chisels I have in the shop. A quick pas with a low-speed grinder fixes the edge and honing on oil stones for my fine woodworking chisels keeps them sharp.

    Orange County, CA

    #421932

    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    I came across this little shop made jig a while ago but didn’t do anything til yesterday. It took about an hour to make with some scrap 1/4″ cherry strips, a couple of 1/4″ machine screws and tee nuts.

    Here is the link to the site describing the use etc.
    http://www3.telus.net/BrentBeach/Sharpen/Chisel%20jig.html

    There are only two ways to do things; the right way and again.

    #421962

    cranbrook2
    Pro
    Belgrave, Ontario , Canada

    I came across this little shop made jig a while ago but didn’t do anything til yesterday. It took about an hour to make with some scrap 1/4″ cherry strips, a couple of 1/4″ machine screws and tee nuts.

    Here is the link to the site describing the use etc.
    http://www3.telus.net/BrentBeach/Sharpen/Chisel%20jig.html

    That looks too complicated for me 🙂 I either use a sharpening stone or a belt sander upside down to sharpen mine .

    #421982

    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    I came across this little shop made jig a while ago but didn’t do anything til yesterday. It took about an hour to make with some scrap 1/4″ cherry strips, a couple of 1/4″ machine screws and tee nuts.

    Here is the link to the site describing the use etc.
    http://www3.telus.net/BrentBeach/Sharpen/Chisel%20jig.html

    That looks too complicated for me :-) I either use a sharpening stone or a belt sander upside down to sharpen mine .

    I did an old plane iron on my belt sander using this jig today. Got a flat, square edge in about 5 min. and dead on 25º

    There are only two ways to do things; the right way and again.

    #421992

    jzmtl
    Pro
    Montreal, QC

    Belt sander for me too, if I wanted really sharp, I just put the leather belt on and strop it to mirror finish.

    #422034

    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    I use a my Work Sharp to set the rough angle properly, then hone by hand on wet/dry sandpaper with WD-40. I usually go up to 2000g. When I’m done, they are beyond sharp enough to shave with.

    Jon P.
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    #422179

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    I came across this little shop made jig a while ago but didn’t do anything til yesterday. It took about an hour to make with some scrap 1/4″ cherry strips, a couple of 1/4″ machine screws and tee nuts.

    Looks like a nice easy fixture to make if you have a lot of chisels to sharpen.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #422180

    58Chev
    Pro
    Etobicoke, ON

    Always sharpen – even the beater chisels I have in the shop. A quick pas with a low-speed grinder fixes the edge and honing on oil stones for my fine woodworking chisels keeps them sharp.

    I do the same, or as Jon, mentioned fine grit sandpaper with WD40. I have always done mine by hand.

    “If you don’t pass on the knowledge you have to others, it Dies with you”
    — Glenn Botting

    #422186

    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    sharpen chisels, and I just picked up two new ones recently for 2.50 cents. I am tempted to go back and pick up a few more at that price.

    #422279

    I sharpen..up to 4000 grit right now, I hope to add a strope to the process. There is no way I am just going to throw out my Narex chisels and buy new ones. Of course, mine are not used for “construction” but rather “woodworking”. I have a few cheaper ones I use as “beaters” but they get sharpened the same. A dull tool is too frustrating to use, and more dangerous too.

    My You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA

    I don't do a fast job. I don't do a slow job. I do a half fast job.

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