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Made this chisel from plan in Shopnotes. O1 steel with Brass. Handle is turned Red Oak. Very sharp. Roughly 17” long. I plan on making more when I have the time.





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JesseTutt

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 04:07 PM

nice looking chisel!

What do you do that requires a chisel that long? The only thing I can think of is timber framing.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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stefang

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#2 posted 08-15-2014 04:11 PM

Looks like you did a great job on this. I have often wanted longer chisels, but can’t find them for sale.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 08-15-2014 04:20 PM

Ridiculously pretty. Great work on that.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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GerardoArg1

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#4 posted 08-15-2014 04:22 PM

Fiuuuu! Beatiful. looks sharp! Nice job.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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Joel Shappell

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#5 posted 08-15-2014 04:33 PM

Thanks guys. Jesse, I don’t need a chisel that long very often. But when I do…. It was great to use when I was making my Roubo Workbench. It’s 3/4” wide. I plan on making shorter chisels in the future. Really surprised on how soft O1 steel is compared to my store bought A2 chisels.

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Polonius210

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#6 posted 08-15-2014 08:54 PM



Really surprised on how soft O1 steel is compared to my store bought A2 chisels.

Joel,

Did you heat treat the steel? Sometimes tool steel comes annealed when you buy it, so it’s easier to machine. Gorgeous chisel!

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Joel Shappell

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#7 posted 08-15-2014 09:01 PM

Yes, the chisel is heat treated, per the instructions I had on Shopnotes.

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comboprof

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#8 posted 08-16-2014 09:25 AM

What issue of shopnotes is plan you followed?
What was the article title?

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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Joel Shappell

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#9 posted 08-16-2014 03:30 PM

The issue of Shopnotes is Vol 21 Issue 123. Pages 20-25. Titled: Paring & Skew Chisel Set.

http://www.shopnotes.com/issues/123/sources/custom-chisel-set/

Hope this helps.

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Mosquito

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#10 posted 08-16-2014 04:13 PM

That is a very fine looking chisel. Nice work indeed

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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whitewulf

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#11 posted 08-19-2014 03:19 PM

I find it hard to believe that you could heat treat that much steel at home!
Do you have a furnace or forge? Can not be done wit propane or mapp gas.
It should file hard through & through (sharp fine file should not cut at all) any where on blade!

Looks nice though.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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Joel Shappell

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#12 posted 08-19-2014 03:40 PM

I followed the instructions in the plans. But instead of one blow torch I used two, one on each side. Got it cherry/white hot. Then I cooled it off in a bucket of motor oil. Holds an edge great. I only heat treated the bottom 3-4 inches of steel.

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