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post #21 of 23 Old 01-15-2013, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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ok ... got the plane iron bevel answered ... next question ...

what about chisels? it is probably different bevel angles for chisels, depending on the chisel's purpose, right?

but in general, is 30 good for them too?
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This is the chart Lee Valley has in the instructions for their honing guide.

Bevel Angle
Used on these tools
Back bevels.
15 to 20
Paring chisels, skew chisels (including turning skews that are bevelled both sides), low-angle planes for softwood, skew-blade planes.
20 to 25
All of the above (except skews) for hardwood or end-grain use.
25 to 30
Chisels used both for paring and light mortising, firmer chisels for softwood, most plane blades (smooth, jack, jointer, etc.), and spokeshave blades.
30 to 35
Mortise chisels, firmer chisels for hardwood, plane blades for hardwood with pin knots.
35 to 40
Mortise chisels for heavy use, particularly any with brittle steel.
Scraper plane blades and bevel-up smoothing planes used on wood with difficult/reversing grain to produce Type II wood chips.
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Most blade makers (Moor, Flexcut, Pfeil, etc)finish at a total included bevel angle of 12 degrees. Small output blade makers do the same.
All the popular brands of wood carving tools are 20 degrees. A Narex 1/2" skew is too hard to push around at 25 degrees. That's a big angle to push wood open at. Maybe with a mallet, I wouldn't notice but that's not what I'm doing. Narex skews, at 20 degrees are just a dream, go-to tool. They hold a carving sharp edge for as long as any other brand.

My flat woodworking chisels are 30 degrees. Because of the stress involved, I have a 3 chisels that I use for "knot-busting" with a mallet = 40 degrees. That's the same as the edge on my bone cleaver in the kitchen.
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