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4 Bosting part 2

The bosting continues as we continue to hunt that form...

As we go along, look carefully at how I use the tools. I don't just push them into the wood; I make them work for me. Keep working those grips and different cuts until they become second nature.


| 04 August 2013 19:00

Chris, this is Eric2, working off of Eric1's comment. I finally went "bold" as you recommended to Eric1 and it worked! Control and ease of entering the wood is like night and day with the second bevel. I was too timid before to put the secondary bevel on the chisel. I still find it a challenge and "work" to put that bevel on the inside. I also played with the corners, making sure they came to a knife edge. I think I was leaving just a tiny bead on the corners, giving it drag. It is such a joy to find the key to problem with a chisel. Someday I hope it happens with the V-chisel, my nemesis, still. I can tell by the sound and vibration now when the corners are not right.

| 30 July 2013 14:00

Eric - I can honestly say that I have not found that problem with any particular make of tool; I actually prefer thinner blades. If you have just an outer bevel of, say, 20deg (quite low) then that's all you have - a 20deg 'wedge' of metal. If you now add an inner bevel of say 10deg, you have an included, total angle of 30deg - a tougher wedge! So you can see that adding an inside bevel doesn't in itself lead to a weaker edge, rather the opposite. I suspect that you have lowered the inside bevel but not added enough bevel to the inside. Many beginners just scratch the inner surface, which looks like a bevel but really isn't. You really want to go for it, to be able to feel a significant bevel on the inside; throw that cutting edge towards the centre of the metal. Just take one gouge and experiment. Be bold!

| 27 July 2013 23:10

Chris, I was going to ask this in the sharpening section, but since you used, talked about it, and demonstrated it here, I will ask. In your experience with lowering the primary and creating an inside bevel on your gouges, have you found that the English gouges ( Taylor, Iles) stand up better to the modification compared to Swiss Pfiels or American made tools? I have only used the two latter, with not much luck with modifying them without the edges crumbling. I have read that the English made tools have thicker more substantial metal and am wondering if I should get some of those in my collection if the are more accepting of the lower duel bevel mod.

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