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    Anthony Rich
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    Has anyone come across wood where the fibers tear out of the end of the board, when your trying to chisel, for ex: a Dovetail ? Is it the wood itself, or are the chisels not sharp enough? Too hard of a blow with the hammer ?
    Thank You
    Ant

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  • #337294
    David B
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    @dbockel2

    Probably the latter 2. Each kind of wood is different so could be a factor but you’re probably hitting your chisels too hard and they probably aren’t sharp enough.

    #337312
    Charles “Keith” Willis
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    @keithwillis

    I would have to agree with David B. I think first of all, your chisel is not sharp enough. I know that Paul encourages us to sharpen our tools regularily. However, I think a bigger problem is that you are hitting the wood to hard. I work with a lot of pine myself and ws having the same problem. I have learned that it requires a little more finesse. So my suggestion would be to lighten up on your blows and it will probably fix your problem.

    #337374
    Larry Geib
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    @lorenzojose

    What angle are your chisels ground to? I’ve found that softwoods profit from a lower angle grind than the standard 30° from the factory. 23-25° Isn’t too fine. And pine needs an especially sharp edge to cut well.
    I treat the lower angle chisels more like paring tools than pig stickers.

    Paul is a bit more circumspect, he says that in his shop he sharpens everything to 30°’ then allows that he sharpens to task, and that softwoods sometimes get a lower angle.

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    So try them both and see what suits. You are only risking a little steel.
    But if you use a lower angle, take finer cuts. You don’t have as much steel to horse around.

    #337500
    Anthony Rich
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    @infinity-view

    Thank You
    It didn’t occur to me to even check the Bailey Chisels I bought, I just started using them,
    I will check the angle, and sharpen again,
    Layout has been interesting, trying to find what works for me, finding making them to small I cant get the chisels in there, This one came out pretty good, took a long time though

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