Wood Chisel Sharpening Basics Wood Chisel Sharpening Basics

The wood chisel is used for carving wood and joints to serve your needs. It is the ideal tool to make parts of wooden furniture and other frames fit snugly together. It is important that you have it sharpened at all times so that the quality of the wood work is compromised. Following the example of woodcutters, you can use sharpening stones to get the desired results. The chosen methods of sharpening also depend on the size of the wood chisel blade.

Wood Chisel Blade

Wood chisel blades are made to incline at around 25 degrees. This is done in factories as a preliminary work to sharpening. The reason why it isn’t sharpened is to allow woodcutters to adjust it to their likings. The standard sharpening inclination would be slightly steeper at 30 degrees. This will prevent significant metal from being taken off when you carve wood, increasing the lifespan of your wood chisel.

Sharpening Stones

Before you start sharpening, you should get familiar with the sharpening stone you are going to use. An ideal sharpening stone would be the combination oil stone. These are manufactured using a petroleum-based product. The advantage of the oil stones is that oil holds small metal pieces when you sharpen. In this way, your chisel is kept clean and you avoid clogging problems.

Since these stones have two sides, you can sharpen your chisel bearing in mind the type of edge you have. The fine side is used for simple sharpening, if you just want to make your blade extra sharp. The medium side, on the other hand, is best for sharpening dull edges.

The Sharpening Process

With the chisel and the sharpening stone, you can now start the sharpening process. Keep in mind that you have to consider your chisel’s size. If your chisel blade is standard, fix the chisel conveniently onto the board and make sure you apply pressure to secure the blade. Tilt it at the desired angle, at around 30 degrees, and move the blade back and forth.

For chisel blades of smaller widths, just place the blade on its side and move it back and forth. It is best to do it that way because the surface area is bigger when tilted to one side. Also, it becomes easier to control.

Testing for Sharpness

Once you’re done sharpening your wood chisel, test it to see if it’s really sharp. If it cuts smoothly through paper you have done a good job. You can also test for smoothness by running your hand down the blade. You should in no way run your hand upward or into the blade, as it will cause injury.

Wood chisel sharpening allows woodcutters to maintain the quality of their carving. If you get familiar with the components of the chisel and the types of sharpening stones, you will understand how the process takes place. With these two together, your wood chisel will be sharpened and ready for more woodcutting.

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