Intro, info, challenge and materials
low budget, high pleasure
Ok I made it! dovetails in my tooltote project, but learned my tools were not the best for this job.
First of all my Bahco 434-50 Bevel Edge Chisel are made for contractors (demanding carpentry, whatever that means), not for cabinet work, the backs are not completely flat, the sides are slightly rounded, the bevel sides are too high and the handles are too long for me to pare with, besides that they are really nice, and I will actually recommend them for construction site use since they are with split proof two component ergonomic grip, can take some nasty repeated hammer blows, will not rust, and take a excellent durable edge but for cabinet making and workshop use, I give them thumbs down.
(So yes I am on the lookout for the money to buy a nasty set now, and have my eyes on the Iles UK).
So this lead me to do some investigation on this subject, and I realized my pension was not a well match for a set of good dovetail chisels, so as we say in Denmark ‘need learns the naked woman to spin’, even I’m always dressed while in the work shop…
This was where it all started, I purchased a old toolbox full of tools from UK, amongst the tools was a old tool roll with chisels, most of them was not beveled and in a bad condition, so I put them aside for future use… (Now).
To make a set of chisels for dovetails out of those old English chisels.
Turn new handles.
Flatten the backs.
Make new profiles on the steel;
A fish tail chisel.
A left and a right ‘dovetail’ chisel set (sides at maximum 45 degree and almost to the back).
A left and right skew chisel set.
Here they are the old crooks, all has served their first life well, and deserve with no doubt a new one in better clothes…
And here a old table leg found in the street years ago, hardwood of some kind…
Destinies are now determined.
I’ll split the blog up here, so it does not become too long for a ISDN connection…
Press here for part two.
Hope this winged dovetail tour can be to inspiration,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.