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Project by BenDupre posted 04-17-2017 02:10 AM 789 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The $10 HF chisel set never had it so good. After three hours of sharpening and flattening their first job was to help me cut dovetails on their new box.

Made of poplar scraps resawed and planed down to 1/4 inch and 1/4 hardboard. This was my first try at dovetails so i thought start small right? Well it probably would have been easier to start with 3/4 material.

After cutting all the tails and pins they all fit tight so i tried to assemble and…

It wasn’t supposed to look like this! Good thing i made the long sides a little longer than i needed. Had to cut off the pins and try again.

Happy with the way it turned out and now they wont rattle around in the drawer. BTW I just wanted a tool roll but I couldn’t find one and wife doesnt sew.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw





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papadan

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#1 posted 04-17-2017 02:28 AM

I love it when someone else does things like this. I’m not alone in the dummy club, but still president.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#2 posted 04-17-2017 02:39 AM

Glad you got that worked out Ben. Looks good!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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BenDupre

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#3 posted 04-17-2017 02:45 AM

Papadan my favorite trick is to cut a panel to length and then cut it to width in the wrong direction. Brilliant I know…

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 11:14 AM

LOL! Welcome to the club. Good recovery, though … looks great! How to you like those chisels? I have a set that just lives in the window … but I think they are great!
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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BenDupre

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 01:52 PM

Ron Aylor the chisels seem to work well. And even though they took a while to sharpen i think that means the steel is good. These say chrome vanadium on them. IDK if that is good or common anymore. Time was every tool from the crescent wrench down to the slip joint pliers had that stamped on them.

I did have my 1 in chisel rounded over pretty badly so i took it back and exchanged it. Since i had starten in sharpening it was good they were able to give me just a new 1 in. I will say that there is inconsistency in manufacture with the chisel bodies. I learned they do not all have exactly the same size shank. I had to use three different size drills to get all the slots right. And for some reason the 1/2 and 1/4 chisels are half an inch shorter than the rest.

I like your magnet. If i had more wall space i would hang mine. I have a pegboard in my shop but it filled up before i got to chisels.

I actually went to my local Aldi store to look for the workzone chisels Paul Sellers talks about but i think they may only have limited availability.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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Ron Aylor

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 02:12 PM



Ron Aylor the chisels seem to work well. And even though they took a while to sharpen i think that means the steel is good. These say chrome vanadium on them. IDK if that is good or common anymore. Time was every tool from the crescent wrench down to the slip joint pliers had that stamped on them.

I did have my 1 in chisel rounded over pretty badly so i took it back and exchanged it. Since i had starten in sharpening it was good they were able to give me just a new 1 in. I will say that there is inconsistency in manufacture with the chisel bodies. I learned they do not all have exactly the same size shank. I had to use three different size drills to get all the slots right. And for some reason the 1/2 and 1/4 chisels are half an inch shorter than the rest.

I like your magnet. If i had more wall space i would hang mine. I have a pegboard in my shop but it filled up before i got to chisels.

I actually went to my local Aldi store to look for the workzone chisels Paul Sellers talks about but i think they may only have limited availability.

- BenDupre

Thanks for the review … completely different experience here! Perhaps I was lucky! Actually that is not a magnet … it’s two 1×2s with 3/8 inch spaces. I also have a set of the Aldi chisels in the wall unit above the files. I don’t like these as much as the HF chisels … really soft steel.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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buckbuster31

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#7 posted 04-17-2017 04:42 PM

done that!

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