New look to some old garage sale chisel

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Project by Matt Vredenburg posted 03-04-2014 09:04 PM 2328 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After picking up a number of items at a garage sale a few weeks ago, I decided to spend an evening cleaning up some of these West German chisels. I tried to research the quality of this tool steel without any luck — you can let me know if these will only be show pieces only or tools that I can really use.

After sanding, buffing, reshaping the cutting edges and sharpening them – they cut really well. The rewarding part of the project was turning a few example handles and deciding on the final handle shape.

Not that I need another set of chisels…I have all sorts as I am reminded by my wife….however, now I have a set of my own custom made chisels. They will go well right next to my Blue Spruce bench chisels.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 09:07 PM

You did an excellent job on making these handles.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 09:11 PM

nice job

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 09:13 PM

they look fantastic. I hope they work as well as they look.

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 11:39 PM

Nicely done Matt, the new handles look great. thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 11:51 PM

I really enjoy giving old gear a new lease of life. these chisels look fantastic and the handles are beautifully shaped…nice work!!...

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 12:15 AM

They look beautiful!

-- Jeff, Bobcaygeon, Wilderness Explorer

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#7 posted 03-05-2014 12:40 AM

Great work Matt! The handles are beautiful.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#8 posted 03-05-2014 01:39 AM

Very attractive handles.

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

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#9 posted 03-05-2014 03:08 AM

Too nice to actually strike with a mallet – unless it is covered with lambskin. Joking, they are beautiful, and I am sure you will introduce them to hardwood pretty soon.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 03-05-2014 03:26 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 03-05-2014 10:29 AM


-- Vince

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#12 posted 03-05-2014 04:12 PM

%%%% I tried to research the quality of this tool steel without any luck — you can let me know if these will only be show pieces only or tools that I can really use. ####

After using them for a while the true color of the steel will come out. I think however that the quality will not be bad.

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity

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#13 posted 03-05-2014 04:50 PM

Good save on some older tools that would have gone to the wayside without your intervention. Whether they will hold up or not, only time will tell – but while you are waiting for the answer, you can enjoy their beauty! Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 03-05-2014 09:31 PM

Beautiful work on the handles, socket chisels from Germany should be excellent steel. Good find.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 03-05-2014 11:09 PM

Look great! Fine job on reclaiming an old set.

Keep it up.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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