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DISTIGUISHED TOOLBOX FOR VINTAGE CHISELS

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 1246 days ago 3315 views 14 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear Lumberjocks

Once upon a time… (1965) I began my lonely track toward amateur woodcarving in Brazil, where I live in. Then I bought a set of imported chisels composed by three Sorsakoski bevel-edged firmer chisels made in Finland. They were simply superb: elegantly shaped, well balanced, accurately machined Swedish steel with an extraordinary 20° cutting edge (the usual is 25°). I fell in love with them and instinctively they became my quality standard for chisels. After having spent the subsequent 45 years trying unsuccessfully to buy additional Sorsakoski chisels (I had not found even a single notice about the Sorsakoski brand), I met at the Web somebody selling four different sizes of the original Sorsakoski chisel blades (no handles). He told me he had found them by scavenging the remains of a bankrupt hardware store and also assured me they were in mint condition. So, I bought the four Sorsakoski chisels as well as two vintage French made Goldenberg chisels (1970’s).

I turned the necessary handles in a hard Brazilian wood called Pau Marfim (Balfourodendron riedelianum) – trying to copy the original Sorsakoski design – by using a mock lathe assembled by my ingenious woodcarving pupil Luiz Flavio R. Gomes (I remind you all that I have no power tools in my 7×6 ft mock workshop). In the sequence, I built a customized toolbox utilizing pieces of the same Pau Marfim for the sides and slender sheets of Rio-Rosewood (Dalbergia Nigra) for the lid and the bottom. I also inserted a delicate rosewood sheet to separate the Sorsakoski’s room from the Goldenberg’s.

Only hand tools were used. The finishing was done with wax.
Dimensions: 12” long x 9” wide x 2” deep

Visit my website: www.carving-in-wood.com
My email: dilofernandino@gmail.com

Best Regards,

Dilo

-- Dilo





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hairy

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#1 posted 1246 days ago

That’s a fine box. Thanks for showing your work here.

-- what a long, strange trip it's been...

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 1246 days ago

looking real good as usual from you :-)
I live in Denmark and I have never heard about that brand before
but I do know the swedish steal and its general very good steal for tools
I like the lathe its a superp way it is build , thank´s for sharing it

good luck with the cheisels
take care
Dennis

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Bertha

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#3 posted 1246 days ago

I’m an avid vintage chisel restorer myself. I’ve done a lot of Ebay hunting but I’m not familiar with the brand either. They look simply marvelous. Once you have a quality chisel (Witherby and Butcher for me), it’s hard to settle for anything else. You did a fine job on these handles & case.

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

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rmac

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#4 posted 1246 days ago

Beautiful box. Beautiful tools.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 1246 days ago

As always, your work is excellent and I congratulate you on your find of these chisels.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Chris Wright

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#6 posted 1246 days ago

A beautiful box and a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. I made a box for a set of Marples chisels that I restored, no where near the quality of the chisels you have here, and my box was made with half inch baltic birch ply. So, I’m a little jealous. :)

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/22417

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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woodcut

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#7 posted 1246 days ago

That’s a beautiful box! I have one on my to-do list, was going to make it utilitarian, but yours inspired me to step it up a notch! Thanks for sharing !
c

-- Carl, Iowa

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 1246 days ago

Awesome job on the handles and box : )
Your pupil is very creative as well !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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noknot

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#9 posted 1246 days ago

I like your lathe and the chisels are great nice work

-- GO DAWGS!

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brianinpa

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#10 posted 1246 days ago

Impressive to say the least. Really like your lathe also!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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swirt

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#11 posted 1246 days ago

Impressive box and handles. I like your lathe too.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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BigTiny

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#12 posted 1245 days ago

Magnificent case for some magnificent tools. I love that little lathe too. I’m sure it will give you excellent service on many more reconstruction projects as well as new items for your great wood works!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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mmh

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#13 posted 1245 days ago

Impressive work as always from a mastercraftsman with patience and talent and insight.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 1245 days ago

Wow, Excellent work!

-- - Martin

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#15 posted 1245 days ago

Beautiful carving tools and box Dilo, you are truly a master tool master maker as well as extraordinary builder of fine furniture.

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

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