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Re: Lower bevel angles
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Re: Lower bevel angles ()

Wiley Horne
Hi Winston and all,

I understood from original post that you got lots of chipping from paring at 20 degrees. I am prepared to bet that these same chisels unicorned to an effective cutting angle of, say, 35 degrees, will pare 4/4 oak for many cuts without damage, and without objectionable resistance.

One other point, not in regard to what you said, but just because it comes to mind
.....In my experience, paring through 4/4 hardwood endgrain to the scribe line, taking say 1/64-1/32โ€ slices, is cut-for-cut harder on a chisel edge than chopping half blinds. Mortising is a different thing of course, but cut-for-cut not vastly harder on the edge. The very words chop and pare suggest that any chopping application will be harder on a chisel than paring. I may get some grief for this opinion/experience, but itโ€™s my story and Iโ€™m sticking to it๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€.

Will try to get my paring adventure up in pictures.


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