Dovetail chisels DIY (skewed, fishtail and left, right dovetail versions) blog #6: Upgrade of the set

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-27-2012 09:50 PM 11265 reads 4 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Upgrade of the set
Now ready for really fine work.

Well… Ahhhh… Hmmmmm…
Ok I admit it!!!
Just for my pleasure, I love making tools, now I said it!

So now my dovetail set is able to clean up really fine dovetails and also able to get in to half blinds and other for cleanup.

Once again some old chisels of a nice quality, now some really narrow for cleanup and a 6mm for making a small dovetailed chisel.
Separate the handles from the tang from the handle and then put on new handles (look in this blog series).

The narrow just need a sharpening.

Ohhh yes and a new handle for my little Razor saw to match the set.
I give it two lines like the old to make it stand out from the chisels once they are stored in the roll.
(Yes I’m an architect).

Then some fine shaping on the water stone grinder and a new dovetail chisel is born from the old 6mm.

Now I should be able to get into just about every little corner.

And here we are, the full set.

Hope this new dovetail upgrade could be to inspiration, perhaps bring some old chisels back to a new life,

Best thoughts,

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

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 09:56 PM

Oh man, what a fine set! How are you doing these days? It’s been quite some time :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 10:01 PM

Wow! You have been busy Mads. Nice handles. Can’t wait to see the dovetails to go with them. :-)

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 03-27-2012 10:05 PM

they look so good ya wanna start using them right away…it even made me want to make my own leather roll up….spring time is in the air…well its here…time to keep the door open…and let the warm air in…....time to get back to the shop, its been over a month,,so seeing the new tools come to life makes me excited and time for the dust to fly…and some fine chips from my sharp chisels…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 10:19 PM

Lovely. Those handles look very comfy.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 11:00 PM

Now that wasn’t too hard was it, admitting you are a “tool nut” : ))
These are fabulous Mads, but then thats what we have come to expect.
Trying to figure how I could use them in my turning ?? : )

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 11:10 PM

Nicely done Mafe. Admitting it is the first step…

-- I never finish anyth

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#7 posted 03-27-2012 11:37 PM

I would love just to hold them. They look beautiful and should be comfortable to work with.

-- Live to Learn

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Don W

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#8 posted 03-27-2012 11:51 PM

you said it a long time ago Mads, and we’re glad you did. Another “well done” for you young man.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 03-28-2012 01:33 AM

Love the chisels Mads. If you ever start a business I’d be first on your list.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#10 posted 03-28-2012 02:15 AM

If you would ever like to sell some of those handles let us know. I love the finish.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#11 posted 03-28-2012 02:59 AM

looks like the only new item here is the tool roll
nice on the grinding of the chisels

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#12 posted 03-28-2012 09:06 AM

I love the chisels Mads, and those handles are superb. I know how well that shape fits the hand from a couple of old screw drivers I have with a similar shape, plus they are beautiful too. There isn’t much that is closer to a woodworker’s heart than fine tools, and chisels are among the most used hand tools. so these really hit the mark.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 03-28-2012 10:22 AM

Looks like the chisel handles would feel good in the hand, I missed what kind of wood they are. These will definately come in handy creating some nice joinery in the future, great addition to your tool problem…I mean shop.:-)

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#14 posted 03-28-2012 12:56 PM

Hey Mads,

Question: Do you feel you have the tendancy to move from woodworking to renovation? Just kidding! Nice job on the handles, as usual. They look great and very comfortable.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#15 posted 03-28-2012 01:00 PM

Hi guys,
Thank you for the words, I have a big smile here.
These days I build a wall in steel and plaster board and then a wall of closets from IKEA…
So yes I need some wood!!!
The handles shape is made for a good grip when paring and yes they are a perfect fit for the hand so I am really pleased.
The wood… Some recycle from a old parasol (no idea, but hard wood), and mahogany for the saw.
Better say it again: I admit I am a tool nerd. I am, I am, I am.
Spring is here so I almost starts singing Grizz, I also fight to get ready to move in with my beloved so this makes me sing… But I guess the poems will be for her.
Soda I am fine, so fine, I feel happy all the way to the inside of my bones, dont remember when I had this peace in mind before, it’s a gift.
Big smile here.
The best of my thoughts,

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

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