This is significant--if a chisel or plane iron gets too hot to touch, the properties of the steel will change so that it can't hold an edge for very long.
The best way to sharpen wood chisels (and plane irons and knives as well) doesn't necessarily involve sharpening stones.
For conventional woodworking chisels and plane irons, this means a tip angle of 25 to 30 degrees.
When dealing with a new chisel or plane iron, first strip off any lacquer that has been applied to the steel with mineral spirits or lacquer thinner.
These devices roll on the whetstone and grip the chisel or plane iron at an angle determined by how far the tool projects from the guide.
Chisels and plane irons are shaped like wedges to provide the mass needed to withstand the resistance against the wood.
I like a hollow ground bevel on my paring chisels, but on plane irons and mortise chisels I hone the bevel flat on a coarse whetstone after grinding it to rough shape.
Most chisels and plane irons come from the manufacturer with visible grinding marks on the face.
When I started out in woodworking 30 years ago, sharpening chisels and plane irons
used to take forever.
He's an educated metallurgist, with a 25-year-old cottage industry, which began providing top quality plane irons
for our fine woodworking school.
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