Wood Chisels & Sharpening Chisels
The chisel is an indispensable tool in the hands of the amateur joiner and woodworking hobbyist, being more or less used in every branch, and almost at every step of his work. The make selected should be the firmer chisel, the form of which is shown in Fig. 5. These chisels are made in sixteen graduated widths, from one sixteenth of an inch to 2 inches, but the following eight sizes will be sufficient for all ordinary purposes, one-eighth, ¼, three-eighths, ½, ¾, 1, 1 ½, and 2 inches.
The amateur, in the earlier stages of his operations, will probably find several of these sizes unnecessary; but as such chisels are inexpensive articles, he may fairly aim at possessing the suggested selection if not the complete set. He will, of course, purchase the chisels handled and ready for final sharpening.
Tips on how to sharpen chisels: When purchased, the end of each chisel will be found nicely ground, as shown in the picture at left: the final sharpening must be done on the oilstone. This should be done by holding the chisel firmly, at the proper angle, on the oilstone, and moving it forwards and backwards, steadily retaining that angle. The angle should be as acute as the ground slope of the chisel will allow; but care must be taken not to make the cutting-edge too thin to stand fairly rough usage. When a keen and serviceable edge has been found, its angle should be always retained in subsequent sharpening.
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