Drawer lock chisel (from an old bench chisel)

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Project by mafe posted 01-07-2011 06:47 PM 5396 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Drawer lock chisel
From an old bench chisel

The toolmaker strikes again!
I purchased some wonderful old bedanes / mortise chisels in France, and in the box there were a old useless bench chisel, so I was ready to trash it, but asked myself; ‘are there really not something useful you could use this wonderful piece of tool steel for’? And I came up with this little Drawer lock chisel idea.

It required two main things:
Patience – since the Dremmel works slow in hardened steel.
Fast constant cooling when welding – so I did not lose the hardening of the blade.

I choose to wrap it in hockey tape for a better grip.
So now I have one of these little guys if I should ever need to make a drawer lock…

1. Drawer chisel, shavings and smoke.
2. Cutting up the old chisel with a Dremmel tool.
3. Chisel ends and a piece of metal rod.
4. Welding and cooling, welding and cooling…. – to keep the hardening.
5. Grinding and polishing.
6. I made protection caps with heat shrink tubing.

This little set will sure be a pleasure to work with!

Drawer chisel use (Lie Nielsen).”

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 01-07-2011 06:50 PM

very cool. looks like it is used in martial arts.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 01-07-2011 06:55 PM

now there is a tool i’ve never seen

and a perfect ‘build’ from you mads

thank you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-07-2011 07:00 PM

Interesting. Looks like it works well.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 07:10 PM

I have an old chisel that I have been planning on doing the same thing with except it’s a 1’4” chisel, so I wouldn’t have as much cutting. I like the wrap on the handle I was thinking about burling mine but the wrap would do a better job I think. I keep all my old and cheap yard sale or flea market chisels, I often regrind them in to shapes that I need for a specials project, I have curved skewed and and other odd shape chisels, they don’t get used much but when I need them they are worth all the effort I put in to them. Keep have fun with your tool making, I think you have became an inspiration here to a lot of people.
Best wishes

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#5 posted 01-07-2011 07:12 PM

I watched the video and will now follow your lead in how to make one for myself. Thank You for sharing.

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#6 posted 01-07-2011 07:17 PM

nice weld!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 01-07-2011 07:23 PM

Great one again Mads!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 01-07-2011 07:38 PM

Hi there,
Robert, Thank you again for your kindness.
Purplev, I had to grind and file of to get this look… But I acually like to weld.
Papadan, I look forward to see your chisel when done, happy to make you go for it.
Joey, I also keep a box of ‘useless’ tools, sometimes it comes in handy. Thank you for the kind words, it makes me humble and proud – and this while I have fun, not bad at all.
Tim, I made some test cuts, and it semmed really fine, what I was afraid was if the heat had destryed the hardness, but it was not the case.
David, I thought your eyes had seen all that was worth seeing! Happy to be able to open your eyes. Guess this is what is so wonderful about this LJ, that we can learn and share knolage.
Spunwood, the tape was acually bought in a martial arts shop some years ago.
Thank you all again,
Best thoughts,

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

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#9 posted 01-07-2011 08:03 PM

Very nicely done as usual Mads. Was it welded with silver solder? What a great little tool. I have seen these before, but only in books and I didn’t know how they were used until I watched the nice video you provided us with. It looks like Lie-Nielsen has some serious competition from Denmark. Thanks for this continuation of our woodworking education. You are a born teacher Mads. Will we ever graduate? And is it possible to get a student loan?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-07-2011 08:10 PM

This is a new one on me (which done really take much…lol). I cant access You Tube here at work so I will have to follow up tonight and see what this jewel can do. I will say your creativity never rest Mads… I’m digging it bud….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 01-07-2011 08:15 PM

Rockler has this tape I use to wrap handles with.

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Jamie Speirs

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#12 posted 01-07-2011 08:36 PM

Mad’s, inspiring in so many ways.

You definitely brighten up the day.

Jamie Speirs

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 01-07-2011 09:14 PM

a couple of projects already in the new year. I like what you’ve done to repurpose some good steel.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 01-07-2011 09:46 PM

restless mafe uh? nice new tool, as usual.

I guess your next thing to build is a drawer with a lock to keep all the little goodies safe hehe.

Btw. I’ll be doing a kerfmaker this weekend following your design and plans ;)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#15 posted 01-07-2011 10:16 PM

I can’t believe you didn’t burn up your Dremel tool. What kind of bit did you use?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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