, you have the wrong impression. I own Lie Nielsen planes. I didn't buy them because I think they're the best. I bought them because I wanted something that mostly worked out of the box. I did the same thing with my first motorcycle. I bought a new machine so I could focus on learning to ride. It's a pretty good policy, I think, when going into new territory. Limit the variables. For my next motorcycle, I plan to buy a beater and fix it up.
I bought the Stanley 750s because they got good reviews. I already own Lie Nielsen planes and I figure a chisel is just a big fat plane iron you hit with a hammer. I don't wish I bought Lie Nielsen chisels instead. If I wanted Lie Nielsens I would have just bought them. I figure the Stanleys are good tools and should do the job nicely for a long time to come.
Frankly, if Stanley made their planes with the same quality as the 750 chisels these days, I would have bought Stanley planes instead of the Lie Nielsen planes. I think the Lie Nielsens are overpriced. They're excellent, but they're unnecessarily excellent. Still, you'll have to pry the LN planes from my cold dead fingers, yo. I paid for them and they're mine and I'll use 'em as long as I can.
Anyway... this thread is about not knowing what a properly cut chisel line should look like. If it should look better than mine... is it my technique, or is it my sharpening? I can always do both better. I know that. They question is ... do I need to?
Chris, thanks for the shaving a hair trick. That's a good tip. I'm listening, I promise. I just get frustrated when people ask questions without making statements. It makes me wonder if I should trust them, because they're not really giving me any evidence that they know what they're talking about first.
For the record, I went back and resharpened the chisel. It was a little dull after cutting four or five bench dogs. It did not cut noticeably better after I sharpened it. Also, despite my best efforts, I still ripped chunks out here and there. Maybe that's technique. Maybe it's because the chisel isn't as flat as it needs to be. Maybe that's just how chisels work. This is what I'm trying to determine.
BTW, Sharp is different from Flat. Everyone is telling me to sharpen. Nobody has told me to flatten. It has me wondering if flatness really matters as much as everyone says it does in these sharpening videos.
I finished off the rest of the bench dog holes on that sharpening. The chisel needs sharpening again, but I don't have any more chiseling to do, so I just put it back in the pouch.
Anyway... if anyone can look at those photos and tell me, "Jesse, I know you're cutting pine cross grain, but those cuts look like crap and when I do it they look like this:"
(Except maybe include a real photo of chiseled wood)
THEN I'll happily try to figure out what I'm doing wrong. But nobody has said that yet, so I'm thinking these cuts are pretty standard and that's just as good as it gets with a chisel. Amirite?