Straight end chisels must be "squared up" on the grinder and shaped to the correct bevel.
Lester Griswold, Handicraft, 1951
I've noticed lately that there are several wood workers in the world of Internet wood work blogging that are bragging about being "vise-less".
Good for you!
I've used hold fasts almost exclusively on my bench for that last twenty years or so, hold fasts are cheap compared to a metal vise and I never got along well with leg vises. I don't make boxes or cut dovetails anymore, I make classical guitars which need much different clamping devices than say, oh, a Federal highboy.
Don't get me wrong, I do need to use a vise for some tasks.
One thing I enjoy about using holdfasts is how quickly you can hold a piece of wood and you don't have to use a pretty piece of wood as a clamping caul.
Hold fasts are efficient for most tasks, they are great for holding guitar necks!
I do own and use a Shop Fox brand vise that I bought from Grizzly some ten-eleven years because it was cheap and I needed a better way of holding certain objects.
While carving the heel of a guitar neck the other day, I notice how the steep bevel of my one inch chisel kept bumping the chisel out of the cut. I was using the chisel with its belly down.
Most of my chisels are ground to a 30 degree bevel, this is left over from the days when I did chop dovetails and mortises, so I thought I would take one chisel and experiment with a 20 degree bevel.
I took my 7/8 inch Stanley No.720 chisel to the grinder and then locked it in my old Eclipse 36 Made in England honing guide.
The 20 degree bevel worked like a charm, now I want to experiment with a 15 degree bevel, but, again, the amount of time I have in the shop grows short.
I have two orders for custom classical guitars, a router table is waiting to be built so I can make muntin, rail and stile stock for eight sashes for the new porch enclosure which that also needs to be finish before winter really sets in.
Did I mention that our water heater developed a good leak the other day?
It's going to be a busy winter!
Another YouTube of Isabella Selder, enjoy!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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