Dovetail chisels DIY (skewed, fishtail and left, right dovetail versions) post

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Dovetail chisels DIY post
skewed, fishtail and left, right dovetail versions – this is from the Dovetail chisel DIY blog

Ok I made it! dovetails in my tooltote project, but learned my tools were not the best for this job.

So this lead me to do some investigation on this subject, and I realized my pension was not a well match for a set of good dovetail chisels, so as we say in Denmark ‘need learns the naked woman to spin’, even I’m always dressed while in the work shop…

So over some time now I have been working on these dovetail chisels, made from some old chisels I bought in a toolbox a long time a go for nothing, and yesterday I finally finished them.

1. The finished chisels (pipe and grasebox for you guys).
2. Design.
3. Grinding (its my blood there).
4. Turning.
5. The old chisels and their new handles.
6. The new shapes of the blades.

Here are the blog if you want to know more.

Now update with new sides on the fishtail chisel.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


From the blog: Tool tote travel.

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

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 03:48 PM

Outstanding Mads! After seeing your handy work i now realize i been using the wrong chisels as well. Here I always thought my poor attempts where from me… now I can easily blame it on the fact I have the wrong chisels….lol

Very cool idea though my friend. I have to store this in the brain vault to try my hand at one day. Most definitely a much more cost efficient way to get the job done.

Thanks for sharing Mads!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 03:59 PM

AWESOME! You are one very smart man. Those are BEAUTIFUL Mads! Look better than ones you could buy. I’m sure they will bring you much joy to use.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 04:02 PM

Very nice looking set of specialty chisels, as soon as I learn how to work my lathe correctly, I will have to
move onto dovetails and the proper set of chisels. The handles are an excellent addition to make the
chisels easy to use and they appear to fit your hand just right. Great reuse of old chisels to make some
tools that you need. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 04:07 PM

This is great work, Mads. They’re beautiful. I’ll check the blog out shortly.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 01-12-2011 04:29 PM

I’m a chisel freak & I know a nice one when I see one. These are nice ones. The handles are wonderfully executed in terms of both design and utility. I imagine that shape is a pleasure for the hand. Really outstanding work.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 01-12-2011 05:00 PM

outstanding craftsmanship once again mads :)
as usual it’s remarkable! :)
i can see the purpose of the two chisels to the left and right when making a dovetail.
i am wondering about the middle one though? what is the purpose to the tapered sides of the chisel?
all the best my friend.

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 05:13 PM

I very much enjoyed this project. I felt like I was there with you in your shop. Thanks for sharing.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#8 posted 01-12-2011 05:19 PM

Nice work !

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#9 posted 01-12-2011 05:32 PM

Great work. I would definitely like to see what specialized chisels could accomplish in my shop. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 01-12-2011 06:08 PM

når du bruker dremel eller tilsvarende og skjærer i herdet stål til det blir blå farget har du ødelagt stålets egenskaper som det fikk ved herding.
Så husk til neste gang ikke varm herdet stål uten å hvite hva som skjer med stålets egenskaper.
Forøverig med de mye penere med nytt treverk

-- Lars, woodworker from Norway.

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#11 posted 01-12-2011 06:19 PM

Mads, you never cease to amaze me with your talent.
I have a few old chisels that you have encouraged me to try a similar treatment on.
I hope they come out half as nice.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#12 posted 01-12-2011 06:38 PM

Very Nice !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#13 posted 01-12-2011 07:47 PM

good looking set of cheisels Mads :-)
well done, now I just have to read the blogs about them

I like the effective turningchiesel in picture four , where can we buy them …... :-)

take care

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#14 posted 01-12-2011 07:50 PM

Hey Mads – well done yet again. Excellent salvaging job and you now have some truly functional tools no catalog can match! (I seem to get blood on my projects as well for some reason)


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#15 posted 01-12-2011 07:59 PM

These are spectacular! Love the blog too.

-- Happy woodworking!

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