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How does one aggressively sharpen chisels and plane irons when damaged?

Obviously both of those cases are quite severe examples of edge damage, but even for single chips smaller than this re-grinding the bevel manually can be challenging. This level of edge repair is ...
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What criteria would want me to bevel my chisel in a certain way

TL;DR warning. Sharpening is a deep and broad subject, with a lot of opinion and personal preference interspersed with the facts and science so be prepared to have to make your own mind up, i.e. ...
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How do I sharpen a chisel/plane blade?

Sharpening is a lot trickier than one would expect. In order to have a sharp blade you need to have two polished sides meeting one another: the back of the plane iron (or chisel) and the bevel. A ...
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How do I chisel against the grain without splintering?

You never would normally chisel something like that. It would be cut using a mortising saw. If you did need to chisel it, like you were doing a Joseph the Carpenter, father of Jesus, re-enactment or ...
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Bench grinder, tool sharpener or sharpening stone?

bench grinder is what I thought was the standard sharpening tool. A bench grinder is considered a coarse tool when it comes to sharpening fine woodworking implements. The only time you should need ...
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Where to get end caps for chisels or what to use instead?

The simplest solution of all is seems to be to just to buy plastic end caps/edge protectors, which are available from some online tool vendors: But these have a few problems. The available sizes won'...
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Bench grinder, tool sharpener or sharpening stone?

TL;DR warning. Bench grinder, tool sharpener or sharpening stone? Yes :-) All of those are suitable tools for sharpening woodworking equipment, from chisels to plane irons to drill bits (certain ...
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Does it matter what type of mallet I use with my chisels?

Despite my comment above, I feel this is a very valuable question: Is there any objective evidence that it matters what kind of mallet you use? I think you could find it, if you would accept ...
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How to properly deburr a chisel

It looks pretty good to me. It's hard to tell exactly from the pictures, but this is pretty close to what my chisels look like after sharpening. Get some honing compound and either some leather or ...
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Sharpening - grit progression

Many videos and tutorials from the much respected internet woodworkers show them always going from a coarse medium through to a fine. I think there are three key things here. With respect to a few ...
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Bench grinder, tool sharpener or sharpening stone?

It all depends. I use my bench grinder to sharpen some of my wood-turning chisels and I use a stone for others. One thing to be aware of with a bench grinder is for flat chisels it will leave a ...
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What should one consider when purchasing an intro turning chisel set?

Almost universally people seem to suggest/imply that "better" tools are important and worth the price difference. That certainly used to be a worthwhile general shopping guide, one that is repeated ...
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How do I sharpen a chisel/plane blade?

You mention that you have a sharpening stone. One improvement might also be to make an angled guard that you run atop the stone that helps to impart the proper chisel angle. Something like the below ...
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To what angle should I sharpen my chisel?

The sharper the angle, the sharper the chisel and the better it will slice through the wood fibers. However, this comes at the cost of durability. The steeper the angle, the more durable is the edge (...
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How to properly deburr a chisel

The one part in the sharpening process that I'm struggling with is removing the burr. Most people do when starting out so don't worry you're not alone. Also even experienced sharpeners will ...
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How do I sharpen curved tools like gouges?

How do I sharpen curved tools like gouges? Very carefully. In addition to the obvious things of striving to maintain the bevel angle(s) and the shape of the cutting edge (many have a curved profile) ...
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What should one consider when purchasing an intro turning chisel set?

Adding to Graphus's excellent and comprehensive answer. I have both the cheap PSI tools you linked to and the Crown Pro-PM Powdered Metallurgy. (as well as other misc pieces). I like both of them. ...
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What criteria would want me to bevel my chisel in a certain way

I've actually read Paul Seller's blog posts about sharpening a little while ago, and tried out his method on my chisels. Until now I used a sharpening jig to keep the straight factory bevel, and got ...
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Recommended tools for a lathe

While for a some turning work you probably could get away using some chisels as I have seen it done but I highly recommend you invest in a semi-decent set of tools just to get yourself started out (...
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How does one aggressively sharpen chisels and plane irons when damaged?

If it's that damaged, you're looking at removing a lot more metal than normal, creating an entirely new edge. Typically, that means careful work with a grinder (being careful not to overheat the metal)...
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Can I use sculptor chisels with a lathe?

The following may read like I am trying to talk you out of the idea but I'm not, just hoping to help you go into it with realistic expectations. Can I use sculptor chisels with a lathe? Yes, ...
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How to avoid damaging the ends of mortise holes when chiseling?

First, as Aloysius says above, you should stay away from the ends of the mortise during bulk removal. 1/16 of an inch or 1-2mm should be sufficient. Now, when you have done a bunch of chopping, and ...
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Turning chisel handle templates?

A quick search for lathe turning tool handles presents a number of links but no real results for templates. Making a template is rather straightforward. Create a profile of the handle shape you wish. ...
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Creating a shallow recess in Ikea countertop for sink flange

A router would be the normal tool to use for this. You could also use a router plane if you prefer hand tools. Scoring a line around the outline of the flange is a good idea. Cut out most of the ...
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Where to get end caps for chisels or what to use instead?

I use a product called Dipseal for stuff like that. If you have ever had a saw blade sharpened, this is the stuff that the edges are covered in when you get it back. It can be melted and reused. I ...
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How to avoid damaging the ends of mortise holes when chiseling?

Don't lever. Pare straight downward into the opening, taking it in multiple passes if necessary, and letting the chisel act as a wedge to do the work.
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How to avoid damaging the ends of mortise holes when chiseling?

Paul Sellers is a master craftsman, author of several books and some very good video tutorials. He does several on cutting mortises - this one probably being most relevant to this topic. https://www....
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To what angle should I sharpen my chisel?

In my opinion, the biggest factor is fragility of the edge. A sharper angle will dull faster and is more likely to chip. So, it really depends on what your use is. For heavy gouges I use with a mallet,...
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To what angle should I sharpen my chisel?

I want to know what is a good angle to shoot for. 25° is the standard (almost universal) grind angle for a bevel, on plane irons as well as chisels, but few people sharpen either at that angle. Or ...
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Making a 8 Sided Wooden Pyramid

With handtools you typically want to follow a "coarse, medium, fine" workflow. The coarse step will get generally close to the line, medium will refine that to hit the line, and fine will fine-tune ...

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