Chisel Restoration

Introduction: Chisel Restoration

I bought a bunch of Stanley 1001 chisels for £1 about $2 and they were in rough shape so with no chemicals I set out to restore them to a usable and a sharp ! condition.

Step 1: Scraping Rust Off

I used one chisel to rub of paint and rust.

Wire wool and a foam sanding pad worked well to clean it up.

I found that a flap sander worked ood as it took the rust off quicker.

Step 2: Tuning the Hone

The chisels had been used for scraping and opening things I bet and there was a few nicks on the chisel which I cleaned up on the bench grinder.

Step 3: Sanding

I used some wet/dry sandpaper on a low -high grit to clean the round part near the handle as this was also quite rusty.

Step 4: Sharpening

I used an oil stone to sharpen the chisels.

I check that they were square.

Step 5: Finished Result

they turned out great they are nice and sharp.

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    Nice instructable! Cleaning up rusty stuff is a good way to get nice tools cheap. I keep a cheap junk kitchen knife handy for scraping off loose rust and paint the way you used the small chisel. Much better than starting with abrasives. It also looks like you are sharpening the back of the chisel more than you need: I usually sharpen the bevel face up as far as I want, then just take a couple of strokes on the back side to take the burr off. Ideally the back of the chisel is perfectly flat, and too much honing will throw that off.


    Tom Howbridge
    Tom Howbridge

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks,yes i did have that problem ,but it was my first time sharpening chisels like that :)