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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-09-2014, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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I'm wondering if anybody has had any experience with the Whiteside corner Chisel?

I'm looking for a chisel to cut out the radiuses of the recesseses that I'm cutting for small hinges, by small I'm talking about hinges with leafs that are only .250" x .750". The small radius left with a 1/8" bit is very small but nees to be removed in order tor a good fit and will leave enough space for the holes for the screws to be drilled safely.

I have a corner chisel that is way to large for such tiny radius removal, any suggested will be very much appreciated.

By the way, the jig for cutting the recesses for these small hinges has been pretty much perfected. I tried to show the proto type of this jig sometime back on the forum, but for the most part nobody understood the concept, sorry about that but for what it's worth, the jig works as I hoped it would after a some effort with the final details.

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I have come close on several occasions to buying one of these, as there not very expensive. The main reason I have avoided buying one is I always end up thinking to myself "These are going to be a paint to keep sharp!" Also, I don't think these are useful beyond squaring off shallow mortises. When I square up a mortise, I just use my bench chisels.

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I have a couple and they are very hard to sharpen. Just use a straight chisel Jerry.

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Like everything else that is specialized yes they are harder to sharpen but once you get the hang of it you will appreciate how well they work. Or just use a straight chisel carefully. If you are doing one box then a straight chisel is the way to go. If you are doing many a corner chisel will become invaluable.

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Well, you guy have pretty much gotten on the same page as I have been on but not sure about and that is to just stay with the straight chisel, I do need some practice though, it is so easy to screw a corner up, or has been so far, maybe just some practice is all that I need.

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As you already know Jerry practice does make perfect. From your previous posts I know you like work things out. Sharps tools and patience will help your practice.

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As you already know Jerry practice does make perfect. From your previous posts I know you like work things out. Sharps tools and patience will help your practice.

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Thanks Bob, I'll get it, just another challenge like so many other things.

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I don't have any knowledge of the corner chisel, but I'm glad you mentioned the hinge jig. The day I read it, I wasn't absorbing anything about anything very well. I'd be very interested in hearing about the final version, as I will have some small hinge work in the near future. Thanks. Jim
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Jerry,

I've used a similar corner chisel for about ten years and never sharpened it!

O.K., that is meant to pique your interest. Actually, I barely use it. I found the first time I used it that it didn't do as well as I had hoped so the next and subsequent times I use it almost like a scribe. I place it where I have a corner to clean out and tap it with what I consider a medium blow - hard enough to leave a well-marked furrow but rarely cutting many fibers. I then switch to my straight chisels to complete the job.

Otherwise I'm not very skilled at 90 degree corners.
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I use a chisel. A help for alignment of the chisel is to use a straight edge for intersecting lines.
Or, build a right angle jig from MDF and use that as a guide.

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