Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Re: Back Bevels and Cap Irons

William Duffield
When I put the back bevel on the iron, I use the ruler trick. When I stone the back bevel on the chip breaker cap iron, I rest the rear end of the breaker cap iron on the bench and the business end on a diamond stone, which is about 1/4" or 5/16" thick, and much thicker than any ruler I might pick up for the task. That insures the breaker's cap iron's back bevel is greater than the iron's back bevel, and there is no gap at the critical juncture for broken chips to jam.

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