Carved Frame and Paring Chisel!

I have been working on this frame that I will use for the upcoming class from Charles Douglas. This class is about creating the Dutch Black finish and is the first Zoom meeting will be the first week in January.  

Here are some preliminary photos of the carving process, the frame is 20″ x 24″ so some inconsistencies will only underscore that expression that he beauty of an object made by hand are its’ inconsistencies!

Although I’ve seen pictures of frames finished in this way it’s not something I’ve done so really looking forward to this Zoom session with Charles Douglas.

Ebay Find

While taking a break from the sanding (my least liked woodworking process) of these carved corners I decided it was time to finally sharpen this cranked neck paring chisel I found on Ebay.  No manufactures marking  but the pictures looked pretty good.  My main use for the paring chisel will be to flush the pins/tails on dovetails as needed.

The cutting angle is 20° so that’s what I set the Veritas Mark II jig for.  I’ve used this jig for many years and like it.  As time went by the camber roller assembly and the narrow head attachment have been added.  Check out these pictures, notice anything odd!

Any guesses?  The tip is about 89° so not quite square but look at the difference in how far back the bevel goes on each side!  Just puzzling but for my intended purpose not a problem.  

So that’s what’s been going on here during this pandemic.   As a side note I mentioned in my last blog how much trouble I was having with the supposedly improved WordPress program.  I had started this blog in their Block format and when I went back to it there was an option to go to the Classic format — I clicked on it and it’s just like it used to be; will wonders ever cease!  This is the window that popped up, technology really has m puzzles:



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I'm a retired woodshop teacher. I build one of a kind furniture pieces and custom picture frames. You can see some of my currently available work, boxes, carvings through my Etsy store: Contact me about your project -- always up for the challenge of unique work.
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2 Responses to Carved Frame and Paring Chisel!

  1. Bob Easton says:

    The frame is looking great, and is distinguished from machine guided consistency. That kind of consistency makes things cold. The paring chisel, might also have been founded by hand, which would account for it being inconsistent. Now, if you would sharpen it by hand (throw away those jigs!), you could bring it back into balance. 🙂

    As for block vs classic editing, pick only one horse to ride for the next year or so. Yet, be aware that the classic horse is going permanently to pasture sometime in 2021.


  2. I like my “classic horse” but suppose I’ll have to give in to the block and probably sooner the better. I was surprised to see the option come up though! Just need to figure out how to move those blocks around and add picture groups. One of the things I like about blogging besides sharing is that it’s there for my own reference when memory fails and also I think about writing one while I’m working so it’s a great “me to myself” conversation and keeps me focused.


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