Salvaging Abused Tools - Part 3 - Saving a Ward and Payne Firmer Chisel
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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Friday, November 5, 2021
Salvaging Abused Tools Part 2 - Saving an Early Titan Firmer Chisel
This Titan firmer chisel was made in Tasmania some time after World War II - most likely in the early 1950's
It is a 1-1/2 inch Titan Firmer Tang Chisel with plain straight edges and wooden handle - one of their earliest designs.
This design very closely resembles that of a Ward and Payne from around the same period, and it may have used the English chisel as inspiration.
|Ward and Payne Sheffield|
I like this style because of the comparative thinness of the blade compared to the registered firmer types, and the straight edges are an aid to paring square joints.
In the 1951 McPherson's Catalogue, this chisel cost 8/-8d.......... eight shillings and eight pence.
If my maths is correct - and adjusted to average weekly earnings and inflation, that would be about $65 in today's money. So, enough to make you think carefully about putting a set of these together
I happily paid $15 for it in its current condition. Why? Because the blade is almost full length in spite of the added skew, and it is almost unmarked. The handle is another matter entirely.
|Titan Tasmania Australia|
Monday, November 1, 2021
Salvaging Abused Tools - Saving Classic Chisels
Some people should never own quality tools, as they are unworthy of them.
Case in point:
Three chisels came my way over recent times and begged for a chance to perform again to their full potential. These all have proud pedigrees - William Marples and Sons & Ward and Payne of Sheffield - and our very own Titan from Tasmania
Looking at them - their current state is an offence to the artisans who crafted these tools, and to everyone who used and cared for them over the course of their lives.
Let's start with the Marples.
It once was a two inch wide fine bladed joinery chisel, suitable for taking the finest of shaving cuts from tenons and lap joints and the like. It shows an extremely fine cross-section, and it wears a brass ferrule - signs of a premium tool.
It has been reduced to a much abused putty knife and paint tin opener.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Making a Fishtail Chisel - Bachi Nomi Style.
Well the title may be a little pretentious, as this chisel will not be a beautiful laminated white paper steel work of art, but it will resemble the bachi-nomi in shape, and function.
Fishtail chisels are extremely useful in getting into tight angles - mortices and dovetails, as well as cleaning out the corners of butterfly inlay. See here:
For cleaning up the pins in half-blind dovetails, they are essential.
Building a Small Chest of Drawers - Part 4 - Butterflies and Cracks
The silky oak that I have managed to find for the chest of drawers isn't without its imperfections.
Both pieces that I have available for the sides of the carcass have drying/seasoning cracks that need attention before I can proceed.
I decided to add a butterfly check to each of them on the inside of the carcass where they will not be seen.
First step is to cut out a butterfly using a piece of long grain timber. Offcuts from the silky oak will do nicely, as they won't be seen.