Greetings all –
Today I dug out my grandad’s old framing chisle (2″ socket handled blade) with the thought of putting a keen edge on it and using it to chop some mortises for a laminated 2x beam/post connection.
By way of explanation, my grandfather wasn’t a highly skilled craftsman. I guess I would have to say he was, for the time, more of a carpenter’s helper. Thus this chisel was never ‘tuned’ the way one would tune a chisel these days.
That said, as I proceed with the preliminaries … flattening the back … I find that the back has a significant crown. Almost to the point that it would appear to be ‘on purpose’. This, of course produces a slightly curved edge on the tool.
There’s a stamp on the blade “DA Barton over Rochester NY” within an oval. I don’t have any illusions that this is of any great ‘antique tool’ significance butif that helps identify the tool and gives any hint as to the intent of the crown on the back ….
Unfortunately I’ve ground about half the crown off the back for about an inch on the back side. I hope I haven’t ruined this instrument.
By the way …. I gave up on trying to get the back flat and put an edge on it the way it was. What a cool tool! I’m working some sleasy hem/fir 2x’s for a shed roof extension on the shop. Sitting out here in the hot sun with the birds, clouds and blue sky above me and my grandad’s chisel in my hands was a truely zen experience. I just couldn’t spoil it with the sound of a router and/or power saw.
From Beautiful Skagit Co. Wa.