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Project by Matt Vredenburg posted 181 days ago 1867 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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MShort

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#1 posted 181 days ago

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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lepelerin

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#2 posted 181 days ago

nice job

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Don W

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#3 posted 181 days ago

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

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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aussiedave

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#4 posted 181 days ago

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

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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cyclops4069

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#5 posted 181 days ago

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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Ballantyne

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#6 posted 181 days ago

They look beautiful!

-- Jeff, Bobcaygeon, Wilderness Explorer

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CL810

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#7 posted 181 days ago

Great work Matt! The handles are beautiful.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#8 posted 181 days ago

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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exelectrician

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#9 posted 180 days ago

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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hoss12992

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#10 posted 180 days ago

Great job

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Vince

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#11 posted 180 days ago

Excellent

-- Vince

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#12 posted 180 days ago

%%%% 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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cajunpen

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#13 posted 180 days ago

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." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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tomd

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#14 posted 180 days ago

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

-- Tom D

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scrappy

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#15 posted 180 days ago

Look great! Fine job on reclaiming an old set.

Keep it up.
Scrappy

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

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