Resurrecting Chisels

Old chisels can be brought back to life using these simple steps.
By Paul Anthony
Pages: 74-79

From the February 2005 issue #146
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If ever there was a type of used hand tool that was a good candidate for restoration, it’s a chisel. Lots of good deals on old chisels can be found at flea markets, garage sales and auctions. And while many old tools – such as kinked hand saws or badly warped planes – may be hopelessly damaged, it’s usually not hard to bring a chisel back to a working life.

The process of restoring a chisel back into working order involves four basic steps:
1) Flattening and polishing the back
2) Grinding the edge square to the sides
3) Grinding the bevel
4) Honing the bevel

These steps ensure that the cutting edge will consist of two polished intersecting surfaces, which is the essence of any sharp, durable edge. And a flat back is important because it serves as a directional reference in many paring and chopping operations.

From the February 2005 issue #146
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