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Brushless micromotor PHASER 300 at work: spoon carving

Brushless micromotor PHASER 300 at work: spoon carving

08-24-2018 04:52 AM by Oleg Smirnov | 2 comments »

Overview of a tools set for woodcarving automation: micromotor PHASER and rotary tools Foredom, Kutzall, Saburrtooth; ventilation system. Phaser 300 does an excellent woodcarving job: its power is quite enough to carve medium-sized figures from hard wood. Just watch the video, it has a lot of my comments… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwViuRljJq0

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Terrible Experience and Horrendous Customer Service

Terrible Experience and Horrendous Customer Service

08-17-2018 07:55 PM by Wes123 | 13 comments »

I purchased a set of IBC’s bench chisels about three weeks ago with high hopes. When I decided to upgrade to a set of premium chisels and I saw that IBC had a new chisel that it was endorsed by Rob Cosman and David Charlesworth, I was really excited to get my hands on them. After placing my order, I immediately received an order confirmation and my card was charged in full. Since placing the order (three weeks ago) I have not heard from IBC at all and I have not received the chisel...

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IBC chisels

IBC chisels

05-21-2018 07:20 PM by Cocosquatch | 24 comments »

Hi All, As all my bench chisels have side angles less than 90 degrees, that go all the way to the back of the chisels, not long ago I have decided to look around for some chisels with 90 degrees sides to the backs of the chisels. I remember that a while back IBC was looking into making chisels and because I already had two IBC plane blades in use for a long time now, so I’ve decided to look at their chisels.When looking for more information about these new chisels over the internet, ...

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Why Did I Wait So Long?

Why Did I Wait So Long?

05-15-2018 12:53 PM by Ron Aylor | 24 comments »

My first foray into 17th-Century New England carving was a blast! I hesitated for years taking that first step, due to indecision as to what tools to use. I have always been an advocate of, knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.  Well, I’m now convinced that that  does not necessarily apply to carving tools. Having used some rather inexpensive tools with most disastrous results, I decided to give the Hirsch Werkzeuge carving tools a try, and I’...

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Bench Chisels Walnut Handles

Bench Chisels Walnut Handles

02-09-2018 04:10 PM by bats | 12 comments »

I’ve gone through various iterations of chisels over the years and finally found the perfect chisel for me. The new IBC bench chisels with the walnut handles fit my hands perfectly and the quality of the steel is unmatched in my opinion. Right out of the box they performed perfectly cutting in the butterflies on a new live edge walnut coffee tale. The ability to remove the handle & ferrule for sharpening is unique and makes sharpening easier and more precise. Also, the abil...

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Narex Woodworking Chisels, Set of 4   863010

Narex Woodworking Chisels, Set of 4 863010

12-26-2017 04:40 PM by pintodeluxe | 6 comments »

I picked up a set of four chisels, which includes the 6mm, 12mm, 20mm, and 26mm. I also added a 4mm chisel to the set (good for thin dovetails). I cleaned up the machine oil on the steel, and it came off okay. I inspected the finish on the handles and some were perfect, and a couple had slight roughness to the finish. A quick buffing with a 1000 grit soft sanding sponge took care of it. The wood itself was smooth, it was just a couple rough spots in the finish. So I took a look at the...

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Finally Aldi had some arrive

Finally Aldi had some arrive

09-15-2017 09:55 PM by NormG | 9 comments »

Seaonal item, they came in and wife picked them when shopping today, she noticed they were there. $6.99 for the set. They are 8mm, 13mm, 18mm, 24mm chisels. Nice handles, while they are sharp out of the packaging, they will of course need to be honed. So, I have been given the all go by the doctor to get bak in the shop. I have not benn able to do so for about 11 months due to the cold weather we had and then when I incurred a medical issue in March.of 2017. Will update aft...

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Are Expensive Chisels Worth The Money?  Western Bench Chisel Comparison

Are Expensive Chisels Worth The Money? Western Bench Chisel Comparison

04-21-2017 04:09 AM by WoodWorkLIFE | 22 comments »

A question that has plagued woodworkers for eras. In this video, I take a look at western bench chisels to understand what makes them tick. I test for ease of sharpening, ergonomics, the utility of the blade length/stays and overall feel. I took all of the chisels to a 27-degree bevel to really get a feel for sharpening them and to get rid of that first bit of possibly over hardened steel, I flattened the back, and then I just had-at-it living with them for a few months. The video is a sy...

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Luckily You Don't Always Get What You Pay For!

Luckily You Don't Always Get What You Pay For!

01-13-2017 04:48 PM by Ron Aylor | 26 comments »

 Having read mixed reviews of Windsor Design chisels from Harbor Freight, I decided to check them out for myself, and I’m very glad I did. As most of the reviews were dated, some going back as far as 2012, I do believe the Windsor Design folks have taken notice. For the unbelievably low price of $9.99, the six-piece set #62641 is quite remarkable. Out of the package the grinding was somewhat rough, but like all new chisels they need sharpening. The handles seemed fine to me, hefty an...

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Narex 20mm (3/4") skew chisels

Narex 20mm (3/4") skew chisels

07-24-2016 03:20 AM by PPK | 4 comments »

I bought this set of chisels from Highland Woodworking and have been using them non-stop ever since. They are the darn handiest thing when scraping glue out of drawer boxes or anywhere that it’s hard to get a regular chisel in a good position. As far as the quality goes, they are made out of good steel, have good machining, come sharp, and have held an edge well. The handles are good beech? handles, and could resist being beat on with a mallet, although I almost always use these for ...

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