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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in tool care.

Chisels are useful for mortising and doing some more precise wood working. The key to sharpening a chisel properly is to first understand the proper blade geometry. A chisel has a bevel and a flat. There are different kinds of bevels(hollow, flat, convex, and multi-beveled), but most will find the maintaining a proper flat bevel will serve them very well.

Here is one of the best examples. "Carpentry sharp" is good.

Here is a very good article, but an overly expensive set-up for many.

Some good advice in this blog post as well

Requirements to complete:
- must be an wood chisel(not a cold chisel etc.)
- must use a whet stone or similar sharpening method without petroleum products
- use an appropriate method to remove the bur

To get certified for this BB, post the following:

 - pic of dull chisel edge or chisel with raggedly cut material(paper, light wood)
 - action pic which includes all sharpening equipment used
 - pic of the sharpened edge
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I used a two sided whetstone and a scrap of very dense oak to remove the bur.
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This is the dull chisel before sharpening. I coated it with sharpie, so that I can see which sections of the chisel I am shaving off during the sharpening.

This is an action picture of me sharpening the chisel.

This is the finished sharpened chisel.

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I will join Dave on his Chisel quest!

I found the chisel way harder than the knife with a wet stone. The chisel I had was already rounded and someone had tried to file the flat side. Needless to say... SO MUCH FUN!

The end product wasn't perfect. But I felt I was going to grind the whole chisel away before I had it perfectly flat. Much better than before! ... I think!

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Evidence of filing on the flat side
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The start- Blue sharpie to help track my skills!
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Action shot!
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Moving to something finer
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More sharpie!
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The final step!
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The end product!
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