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A Strategy for Woodworking #46: Chisels at the Bench

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 04-06-2015 03:45 PM 1448 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 45: Expectations Part 46 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 47: Worth Doing Well »

We are a type, we woodworkers. We are tool nuts, junkies. We love our tools. Somebody asked me once how many sets of chisels I have. I said, Only two. I have my old Marples firmer chisels from 1/4” to 3/4” and then my bevel edge Lie-Nielsens. And oh yeah, I have a missed match set of Japanese paring and mortise chisels. And I forgot the 3 or 4 Stanley 750’s I have collected, and the old Stanley butt chisels I bought when I started out. Then there’s those 3 big mortising chisels. Ooh, and I bought another set of the Marples firmer chisels because, you know, they were cheap. Had to.

I have a few sets of chisels. My name is Gary and I have a problem. I love me my tools.

I will try to share the love next week in class in The Hand Tool Shop at the Studio. We will focus on hand tools and which to buy and how to sharpen them and tune them and build cool stuff with them. Join us for a week at the bench.

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

-- Gary Rogowski...follow my wit and wisdom on twitter @garyrogowski



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#1 posted 04-06-2015 03:57 PM

Hi Gary. My name is Greg and I too have a chisel problem. And a hand plane problem, and a saw problem, and a Lee Valley problem, and a Lie-Neilsen problem, and a walnut/cherry/hard maple problem, and… , and ….., and ….

Good thing the rest of my life is in order, or I would be a complete mess.

Cheers,

Greg

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#2 posted 04-06-2015 05:19 PM

Gary,

Wit and wisdom. A great combination. Thanks for sharing your addiction. I’m proud of mr because I just sold my Delta Q3 that I rehabbed mechanically and cosmetically to someone who really wanted it. opened up my shrinking shop space.

To bad I’m in MN and you’re not. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 04-06-2015 06:18 PM

I know I know I have the tool problem too. A little extra this and a spare that,can’t hurt,Right? I haven’t been doing this woodworking thing anywhere as long as you have Gary but have a similar collection of chisels,and we won’t even go into the multiples of other tools I have,some still in their original package. My dear wife puts up with it, and of course, there’s always the claim “I need this for business” :))
Oh well I don’t drink and I don’t smoke,so this is my one vice.
May the tools be with us .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 04-06-2015 09:18 PM



...... “I need this for business” :)) ....
- a1Jim

Jim, that shouldn’t work any more—didn’t you retire?

Greg

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#5 posted 04-06-2015 09:22 PM

Greg
I just wanted to retire until I looked at my bank account,so I’m still at it.I put in a 13 hour day yesterday. ugh.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 04-06-2015 10:06 PM



Greg
I just wanted to retire until I looked at my bank account,so I m still at it.I put in a 13 hour day yesterday. ugh.

- a1Jim

Oh Jim, I’m sorry. I am sure you would rather lose the excuse than keep working. I am with you on this though—I get to retire when I am 70—only 18 more years :(

Greg

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#7 posted 04-06-2015 11:34 PM

Making things involves having tools and there is a little of the love of both that we are drawn to. To revere the craft you must also revere the tools that help us create what we do. This all works a couple of ways; tools don’t make the craftsman but better tools help us to things better and faster. My Dad always said that the tools don’t make us better, it’s all about what you do with what you have available. I love tools. I have a Stanley 55 and a 45 with cutters that I have never used but I appreciate their beauty and what they could do, but I am better at picking up a router and selecting the appropriate profile for what I and wanting to do.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 04-07-2015 12:21 PM

LOL…..that’s good Gary

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#9 posted 04-07-2015 11:54 PM

Laugh thanks.
In fact I have just what I need, just exactly what I need, then we will see when I need it.
My name is Mads and I have a problem with tools… I am not going to count the chisels, I am a hobby woodworker and so I would be picked up by the psychiatric hospital, if they really know what are happening.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 04-08-2015 12:01 AM

I consider writing a book called ‘the Minimalist woodworkers Anticrists tool container’.
Beginners tool kit starts with the full range of Veritas, LN and any other tool producer spending big money on disturbing my internet.
(Perhaps that will make Christopher Schwarts shake a wee bit…). Smiles.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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