New Life for Old Chisels

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 11-23-2014 09:34 PM 1808 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a bit of a tool junky and I’ve been trying to put together a set of Stanley 750 chisels for many years. I’ve found lots of 3/4” and 1” chisels at tag sales and flea markets for very little money, often without handles. Well, I finally bought a full 7-piece set, the largest chisel being 2” wide. I’m not sure of the exact age, but they certainly have some age on them. I turned handles for the full set from tiger maple, and made the handlesl about 1” longer than the originals. I also had a mini-set of 1/2”, 3/4”, and 1” and I put much longer padauk handles on them for paring. I finished them with my typical pen finish: Mylands sanding sealer, xxx wax, Mylands high friction polish, and Renaissance Wax.

-- Glen

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#1 posted 11-23-2014 09:45 PM

Very nice! Great turning work.

I have been meaning to do this to my favorite set for a while now – they have fantastic steel, but pretty rubbish handles….....



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 11-23-2014 10:40 PM

Wauuuu, they are beautiful Glen, really brought these to life, rebirth.
Noting like tools with a history, these could become your favorites I think.
Beautiful turnings.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 11-24-2014 02:16 AM

Wonderful! I’m wondering if you use some type of template to get the consistent shape, or just experienced and do it by eye? I ask because I also have some vintage handtools that need to be re-handled, and I’m new at turning. Please excuse the ‘newbie’ type question.

-- Smitty

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 02:23 AM

Mighty fine chisels! Thanks for showing them to us. May go to my local flea market to see what I can find.

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#5 posted 11-24-2014 09:03 AM

The steel may be old but the new tiger maple really compliments them well. I’m sure I could after a spell make a handle fit the socket to to make so many handles ensuring they are all fit for purpose is a skill indeed.

Great project, thanks for posting

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#6 posted 11-24-2014 12:59 PM

those chisels looks great. The tiger maple handles are very nice!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 11-24-2014 01:50 PM

Man, those looks great. I’d buy those from you, but I bet they’re not for sale… :(

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 11-24-2014 02:09 PM

You did a great job. They look awesome.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 11-24-2014 02:30 PM

Now those are some sexy chisel handles!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#10 posted 11-24-2014 04:00 PM

They look great. There’s something special about resurrecting tools to there original glory (and above in this case).

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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#11 posted 11-24-2014 10:32 PM

Wow, a full set of 750’s … what a find, I don’t believe I have ever seen a full set for sale … or they’d be in my shop … Color me jealous

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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