"Marples" chisel "Converted" with ebonized ash handles

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Project by Jerry posted 10-19-2009 11:23 PM 2546 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think the “Marple’s” chisels represent a fair value in “user” type chisels. They sharpen well, stay sharp and are relatively “Cheap”, I just don’t like the plastic handles on them. They are harder to get off than I imagined. The easiest way was to turn them off on the lathe. I also applied some heat sink gel on one of them and “Torched” it off. Here is the end result of my efforts of rehandling these old bench chisels. Maybe I will “Reach” for them a little more now…


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#1 posted 10-19-2009 11:28 PM

Nice job, you have made and ordinary set of chisels in to the extraordinary. The Ash handles really set them off. I might try that with and ols set of Craftsman chisels that I have.

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#2 posted 10-20-2009 01:06 AM

I like the shape of the new handle. Looks comfortable.

-- Kate,

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#3 posted 10-20-2009 02:09 AM

Very nice. I like the style of the handle too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 10-20-2009 02:50 AM

cool idea

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 10-20-2009 04:49 AM

I think I would be a bit worried spinning a sharp chisel on my lathe LOL

-- San Diego, CA

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#6 posted 10-20-2009 01:28 PM

Hey INterpim,

Put the “Pointy” end in the chuck!~Ha ha!


-- "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be a Store, Not a Govt. Agency"

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#7 posted 10-20-2009 03:27 PM

Groovy, no pun intended. They have good steel. Good reputation. Made here in Michigan.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 10-21-2009 02:02 AM

Jerry: A nice job. I’ve got a couiple of sets of Marples. I might give tht a try. Looking great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#9 posted 03-01-2010 07:23 AM

I did the same thing a couple of years ago with the same set of chisels. I had some scraps of rosewood that I used. You are correct about getting the plastic handle off. It is a pain. I figured out approx how long the tang was and then sawed off the end and then worked at it with various tools until i got the rest off. It sure does make them a nicer chisel set.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#10 posted 04-03-2010 04:36 PM

great work! i just got a new set of these and the others the irwins made in china i guess well i’ll see which ones are better.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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