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Awesome Bench Chisels!

Awesome Bench Chisels!

06-18-2016 07:15 AM by fatman51 | 21 comments »

For a good couple of decades, I got by just fine with a 9 piece set of Stanley # 60/professional hinge butt mortising chisels that my father bought for me new when I was in middle school. I have no idea what ever happened to the original 1-1/4 inch chisel. I keep hoping that I will find it in my truck. Given the fact that I always got my work done, I cannot make an honest argument that I ever needed more chisels but over the last decade, the folks at the local flea market have sold m...

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Native Style Carving Tools

Native Style Carving Tools

06-06-2016 12:30 AM by Druid | 7 comments »

Today, I came across a site that was new to me, and I thought that I would pass it along for the carvers who are looking for a source of custom made native style knives, including those evasive hook knives. Preferred Edge Carving Knives and Supplies produces a good variety of knives, particularly for native style carving, but also quite suitable for those awkward items that our “standard” carving tools are difficult to adapt to . . . spoons for example.Their site also has good inf...

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Exactly What I Needed

Exactly What I Needed

02-24-2016 01:47 AM by smitty22 | 7 comments »

This set of silicone chisel tips/guards is exactly what I’ve been looking for since I started using chisels for serious woodworking. They are rugged and feel like they will survive quite a bit of use, fit standard flat chisels nicely, and are bright red so they don’t disappear in a pile of shavings. There are 10 of these in the set, about $10 or so. Shown here installed on a few of my chisels, at $10.00 for the set, not cheap, but sure helps keep the cutting edges from bangi...

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#1 go-to tool

#1 go-to tool

12-20-2015 05:56 PM by DanielP | 4 comments »

After two years these are still my most used hand tools. I even bought a second one so that one could be angled for getting into those pesky tight corners and other uses. They are a bit spendy up front at 30/35 dollars but more than pay for themselves over time. They must be made for Woodcraft because “Swiss Made” is stamped on them and nothing else. Used with EZ-lap diamond stones they are easy to resharpen and hold edges very well.

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IBC Chisels reviewed by David Charlesworth

IBC Chisels reviewed by David Charlesworth

11-06-2015 08:11 PM by david charlesworth | 6 comments »

These long awaited chisels are now available. When faced with innovative design, it is difficult to come up with a definitive opinion. Time will tell.The connection between handle and blade is unusual. The top of the blade passes through a hardened ferrule and then threads into a hardened steel core. This extends to the top, where a solid, polished aluminium cap secures the maple handle. (American walnut is also available as an option). In the short term I found this arrangement works pe...

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Hand Stitched Wood Rasps

Hand Stitched Wood Rasps

11-04-2015 07:43 PM by RogerBean | 15 comments »

For anyone doing much carving, gunstock work, period furniture, or the like will find numerous uses for wood rasps. For quickly shaping irregular shaped items like cabriole legs, ogee feet, Kentucky rifle stocks, or ball and claw feet, a good rasp can remove a lot of wood in a hurry. I have accumulated a number of them over the years, beginning with an old Nicholson rasp my father bought back in the early 1950’s for gunstock work. My only objection to the ones I have is that all ar...

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The best chisels you can buy at a grocery store

The best chisels you can buy at a grocery store

07-14-2015 03:02 PM by lumberjoe | 20 comments »

If you follow Paul Sellers blogs or videos at all, you’ve heard him mention that discount grocery store chain Aldi carries chisels from time to time – and in his opinion they are quite good. Unfortunately these have not been made available in North America. That is until a few months ago. Based on the fact Paul raves about these chisels many times over, there is an Aldi store less than 3 miles from my home, and the 4 piece set costs me $7.49 with tax, I decided to grab them. I ...

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Really Nice Set of Chisels

Really Nice Set of Chisels

07-13-2015 10:06 PM by jonah | 10 comments »

The Narex chisels are pretty well-regarded from what I’ve read. That’s why I bought them about a year ago. I was looking for something better than the godawful big box chisels I had before (you can see them peeking out in the picture). I had no stomach for spending hundreds of dollars on a set of chisels. The Narex are sort of the Honda of chisels – they are a quality product at a moderate price that will last. Using them infrequently over the past year, I have to confirm...

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A Hint for Lefties & Flexcut Palm Tools

A Hint for Lefties & Flexcut Palm Tools

01-19-2015 10:02 PM by Woodstock | 3 comments »

Short Answer: Yes Flexcut does have skews for lefties in all the sizes they offer & not just the few they show online. They just don’t know it. (See the section called ”Cut to the Chase” if you want to skip all the boring details.) The boring background set up: I am a chronic lefty. And I started to clear off a “bucket list” item last month that has been on my list for +45 years. Specifically I need as beginner’s set of palm tools for a project t...

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Flexcut Micro Carving Tools

Flexcut Micro Carving Tools

10-18-2014 07:02 AM by Druid | 3 comments »

For those LJ members who (like me) have wanted to add some finer carving tools to their collection, the attached photo shows the newly introduced Micro Tools from Flexcut. Mine just arrived this week, and my initial impression is that they certainly match the high quality that I have always experienced from this manufacturer.They come fully honed and ready to use . . . read that as “razor sharp”. I have been looking for smaller scale carving tools for some time now, but have not...

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