|Wood Carving Chisel|
Guidelines shown below are for the cutting edge angle. Since this the entirety of the blade's cutting edge is honed, no secondary / micro bevel is given (as with Bench Chisels).
The angle (α) is the effective grind angle at the chisel point. The angle measured with the Tormek WM-200 AngleMaster will be greater than α, but only by a very small amount.
|Hand Work||Mallet Work|
|Softer woods||15°||18° - 20°
||e.g., bass or tupelo|
|Medium woods||17 1/2°
||20° - 221/2°
||23° - 25°
||e.g., ash or oak|
Notes & Comments
Carving edges are typically not reground; only to reshape them, or repair a problem with the edge. More commonly, the edge is simply honed on the leather wheel.
Hollow grinding on the back of the bench chisels (traditional, not Japanese chisels) is recommended by some, including by Garret Hack. Two videos below show that process.
If this chisel is to have a skewed end (as shown to the left), it is recommended that β not be greater than 20°, as a more acute angle will tend to cause the chisel to drift to the side when using it. 15° is a better target for the maximum.
SE-77 Square Edge JigSome have mentioned that it is a bit tricky to get the alignment correct for chisels using this jig. That said, this jig is very useful for cambering plane blades, so it is useful to have if you sharpen those also.
Shorter chisels won't always work in this jig. If you have some of your grandfather's old chisels around which you want to use (other to open paint cans), consider using
SE-76 Square Edge JigThis is a great jig to use for sharpening chisels, including skewed edges. However shorter chisels won't always work in this jig. If you have some of your grandfather's old chisels around which you want to use (other to open paint cans), consider using the SVH-60.
As with the SE-76, shorter chisels won't always work in this jig. Consider using
The SE-77 has replaced this jig and the SE-76 is hard to find.
SVS-38 Short Tool JigThis jig is also useful for sharpening chisels where there is not enough length to use either of the two jigs listed above.
SVH-60 Straight Edge JigThis is the original jig for sharpening chisels and plane blades. It is no longer being made which is unfortunate as it is really great for holding shorter chisels. If you have shorter chisels, consider getting one from the used tools market.
The SE-77 has replaced this jig and the SVH-60 is hard to find.
Regardless of what might be the reason to want a flat bevel, Sèbastian and Wolfgang show how to achieve it with your Tormek wet sharpening system, They will also touch upon the differences between the different types of bevels.
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