I got a sweet stash of tools from Jonas' dad when I was in Denmark. They all need some rehab, some more than others.
|Sweet stash of tools. The chisel I'm working on is the third tool from the right..|
I had a nice offcut of wenge left over from a Roorkee chair build a long time ago, and figured it would be perfect for this. It turns out wenge easily splits, and a tiny crack opened up after I finished the handle and drove it home.
The crack wasn't too bad. I figured I'd stuff some hide glue in there and put some massive pressure on it with a C clamp.
|C clamps provide a lot of pressure.|
I took some care with all of this, and was surprised how quickly it went. However, I wasn't too happy with the edge after doing my thumbnail test. I ground it again, and honed a new edge.
My thumbnail test failed again. For some reason, I didn't trust my thumbnail test. It didn't quite work like it should, but I did everything right to put a razor edge on it, so figured I was good.
After two whacks on the chisel into wood, I discovered something very wrong, indeed.
|Something very wrong, indeed.|
I was trying to use a chisel that had unhardened steel. I probably could have done just as well with a chisel made from lead.
|Plenty of clues this chisel had lost it's temper.|
I twisted the chisel out of the handle as carefully as I could. I re-opened the crack I had repaired, and opened a second crack, but they weren't catastrophic to the handle. A couple of clamps and some hide glue took care of that.
|I was able to repair the handle after removing it from the soft chisel.|
|This is the chisel after quenching.|
While that was cooking, I removed all the squeeze-out from the chisel handle, and added a chamfer to the hole which helps the chisel seat all the way. I forgot to do this last time.
|I chamfered the hole to help the chisel seat flat.|
|Very colorful now.|
Being a small chisel, it didn't take long to lap the back, grind a 25 degree bevel, and hone it to 30 degrees.
|It doesn't look like much, but it sure works well.|
|Lots of colors on the metal.|
I'll not be afraid to do this again, it was easy. But, hopefully none of my other chisels are like this.