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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 02-22-2012 02:13 AM 6958 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m thinking about getting a chisel set so I can do some dovetail and mortise joints in upcoming projects. Now don’t kill me or anything, but I’ve been using some chisels I got from my dad’s hoard, which were pretty dull, but old and well made. I sharpen them on a grind stone but I try not to heat them up too much. The are sharp enough to shave with and don’t seem to dull easily. The are all metal with no wood or plastic handles, so I pretty much use them as utility chisels to take small pieces of wood off when needed.

I’m considering getting a set of 4 Footprint 465 chisels and would like to know what you all think.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 06:17 AM

i never heard of footprint 465 chisels. buy the best that you can afford,is my advise.

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 02:09 PM

I can’t advise you on brands over there, but remember that mortise chisels are the best for mortising, duh, and bench chisels are best for dovetails and paring. You can use bench chisels for mortising, but they don’t work too as well with the harder woods.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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