Home Made Chisels in a Box

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Project by Gumnut posted 720 days ago 2501 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wood show here has just passed and they needed entries for the competition so I entered this set of chisels in a box very quickly so a few mistakes considering I had two weeks to make the box.
The chisel blades are made using an angle grinder and thin steel cut of blade to cut up sections of a power hack saw blade that is 1.6mm thick, these make wonderful marking knives and miny chisels but are time consuming to shape because they are so hard, I used a grind stone and water to start off with then sharpening stones up to 4000 grit.
The handles are made from York Gum (Eucalyptus loxophleba) I think and is a very hard wood to turn.

The box is made from Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) with some Vavona (Sequoi sempervirens) veneer for a bit of decoration. But mistakes happen and the book match line was too obvious so I made up a wooden chisel out of silver birch / York gum and Queen Ebony to inlay and hide the join of veneers.

The hinges are from BC specialties
that I removed the stay to fully open up the box.

A set of magnets inserted into a strip of wood and glued down and some sued leather cover helped the chisels stay in place but I still need to add a lift out strip of leather so fingers dont get cut.
The finish is spray laquer and waxed up.
Hope you like my miny chisel set.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#1 posted 720 days ago

Very nice!

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#2 posted 720 days ago

Great looking box and chisels! Did you win?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 720 days ago

Now what can be better than homemade tools?? Good Job…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#4 posted 720 days ago

Good luck on the contest. Looks like a winner to me.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 720 days ago

Great job and very nice recovery on the book match line. I really admire your ability to make your own tools—especially a set of chisels that have their own unique sharpening challenges. Good luck on competition.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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David Kirtley

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#6 posted 720 days ago

Nice. I am not familiar with some of the tool profiles. What are they intended to do?

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 720 days ago

Sweet box!!!!!!!!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 719 days ago


You are elegant even in your simplicity. You can’t help yourself. The magnets are a nice touch. I liked the inlay and the beautiful redwood burl veneer job. It is lovely. I try to make even my shop jigs attractive. It adds to the pleasure of working in the shop and lets me take pride in what I am doing. What a nice and useful set of chisels. May you use them with joy.

One question: what kind of tang did you put on the blades and how are they fastened into the handles?

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 719 days ago

Thank you again for your encouraging comments, unfortunately I did not win but the other boxes were excellent.
I think you could call these chisels box makers chisels because they come in handy for inserting hinges and all sorts of things, I use them most weekends.
Al you always put time into your thoughts and I appreciate your comments and thoughts.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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David Kirtley

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#10 posted 719 days ago

That is the best thing about making your own tools. You get to make what fits your needs.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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