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Worth every penny, i.e. Quality shines through

Worth every penny, i.e. Quality shines through

10 days ago by JayT | 14 comments »

“It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand” Michelangelo While I realize the famous artist was talking about sculpting, had he been a modern day woodworker, he may well have been referring to a Two Cherries chisel. Having purchased and using a set of Stanley Bailey chisels that were not meeting expectations, I decided to step up and purchase a couple of individual higher quality tools in the sizes that get used the most. The company I work for stocks wooden handled Two C...

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New Gold Standard of Scrapers

New Gold Standard of Scrapers

19 days ago by RogerBean | 18 comments »

I don’t do a lot of reviews, reserving my efforts for those items I feel work extraordinarily well, or might be of particular interest. Scrapers may not sound all that exciting, but I find that I keep mine close on the bench at all times and use it on just about every project. For years I’ve been using the standard sheet metal shapers that cost about $7. I have all the usual shapes. I recently purchased all three of the new Stewart-MacDonald “Ultimate Scrapers” and these are by far the ...

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a good deal...??

a good deal...??

33 days ago by steve | 28 comments »

Not sure whether or not I am supposed to say that something is on sale somewhere, but I thought it sounded like a good deal, and wondered how others found these chisels to be. Stanley Sweetheart Series 750 Chisels. I have a Woodriver set, and some ole Irwins now, but want to upgrade. Stanley Sweetheart Series 750 Chisels – $99 – 4 pc set, 1/4” – 1”, w/leather pouch

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Harbor Freight Carbide Faced Carving Disc  for 4 1/2" Grinder

Harbor Freight Carbide Faced Carving Disc for 4 1/2" Grinder

35 days ago by Jim Jakosh | 11 comments »

I had to carve 2” off the diameter of 4 1/2” pistachio tree that was 50” long and needed something to take off a lot of material without loading up or wearing out. So I tried one of the half donut shaped carving wheels from HF that has pieces of carbide embedded in it. I usually don’t like the cutting tools or sand paper from HF, but this carving wheel is one great abrasive tool. It cut all that wood away and is still sharp enough to do it again. I hate to say that I ...

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Nice small curved adze from Bulgaria

Nice small curved adze from Bulgaria

86 days ago by jdh122 | 4 comments »

I’ve had this small bowl adze for about two months now, and used it to carve four bowls, all in poplar (not tulip poplar, quaking aspen, which we call poplar around here). So a very soft wood, and green. When I was looking for a small curved adze to use for bowls and also possibly chair seats, I hunted quite hard, and was unwilling to pay the price that the Swedish and Swiss companies want. On ebay I found this adze sold by the ebay seller mapsyst (currently at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CURV...

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The Best Way To Get Into The Japanese Chisel Realm

The Best Way To Get Into The Japanese Chisel Realm

141 days ago by planeBill | 9 comments »

After using a friends Japanese chisel one day my eyes were wide open to the performance possible from these most basic and very necessary woodworking tools. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing that these chisels can do that a 100 year old Witherby or Pexto chisel wont do, but the ease with which a good quality Japanese nomi will slice through your wood component is almost beyond belief. In fact, until only about a year ago, I used old Witherby’s and Pexto’s and Stanley̵...

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Two cherries bevel edge chisels

Two cherries bevel edge chisels

159 days ago by arthurbvb | 5 comments »

I have had these chisels now for over a year. It was my first set so I have little to compare. On the picture there are only 3 chisels but I have three others. I don’t use the big chisels as I find them awkward to use. I have used the chisels a lot and enjoy working with them.It took me 20 minutes to flatten the back, first sandpaper, then diamond stones, then auto polish on MDF. I sharpen them on diamond stones and then on a leather strop with flex cut gold (paul sellers method). I nev...

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Black & Decker RTX

Black & Decker RTX

167 days ago by soapmaker | 7 comments »

I have a couple of the more well known rotary tools but they always seemed underpowered, especially when you put router style cutters in them. I had read when these first came out about them having much more torque for that type of work. I think these are one of the best things this company has made in years. I have one that I’ve been using for four years or so, its held up well enough that I have a couple backups. I’ve run router cutters in carving setups and you can really hog ...

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I finally used that Gift Card!

I finally used that Gift Card!

299 days ago by littlecope | 28 comments »

A couple years ago, shortly before Christmas, Debbie and I experienced some hardship…Without going into the details all over again, my Friends from Lumberjocks took it upon themselves to try to make our Yuletide a merrier one… an attempt, that was hugely successful!!One of the folks here anonymously sent me a $50 Gift Card to Lee Valley! To be honest, the card got mis-placed, in all the shuffling and jostling around of the moves we made…I despaired of ever finding it again&#...

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Massive Mortise Chisels - Excellent Quality!

Massive Mortise Chisels - Excellent Quality!

307 days ago by jusfine | 8 comments »

The first photo and description of the set of chisels from Lee Valley website is as follows, which gives some of the technical details. These are massive chisels for quickly wasting material from deep mortises. The 1/2” thick, high-carbon steel blades (Rc61) taper in width from tip to shoulder for sidewall clearance when cutting deep mortises. The 6-1/2” hooped hornbeam handles are oversize for grip and have leather shock washers. About 13” to 14” long overall, t...

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