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Paul Beebe #11 Carving Knife for Lee Valley

Paul Beebe #11 Carving Knife for Lee Valley

11-07-2009 06:16 AM by just_adam | 5 comments »

Hello and this review carries my initial impressions of a fine carving knife made by Paul Beebe for Lee Valley Tools in Canada. At the time, it cost me about $33USD and presently it is in there on line catalog at this address: http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=31085&cat=1,130,43332,44073&ap=1 I’ve used all sorts of knives in my meandering about the wood. Opinels, Ken Onions, single edge razors, XActos…James Krenov wrote a great passage about using k...

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English pattern mortising chisels

English pattern mortising chisels

01-18-2010 10:23 PM by ShannonRogers | 5 comments »

I received a 1/4 and 3/8” of these chisels for Christmas and it is a revelation on mortising. These are fantastic additions to my tool chest and I may just walk away from power mortising for good because of them. Read my full review of features on my blog here.

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they took time to set up but they stay sharp!!!

they took time to set up but they stay sharp!!!

06-24-2010 05:34 AM by wrenchhead | 8 comments »

First of all, I want to say thanks for the responses to my forum topic http://lumberjocks.com/topics/17579I decided to give them a try because I love the size and feel of these chisels. Grizzly was fast to send them out. The only reason I did not give these chisels 5 stars is because they took a lot of work to flatten and sharpen. The third picture is the worst chisel of the bunch laying on my table saw. I did get it flat and sharpened though. I used the scary sharp method( glass and sand pap...

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Good value set, and thats about it

Good value set, and thats about it

09-29-2011 04:22 PM by PurpLev | 12 comments »

I got these from Leevalley with the set of Narex Skewed chisels and this review is very similar to that review as my experience with both sets was almost the same , Up until now I was using bench chisels for mortising and it left a lot to be desired, when I saw that Narex had a decent set for an affordable amount, I decided to go for it and keep my bench chisels for other lighter purposes. First Impression:Taking them out of the package I was instantly surprised by the lightness of the han...

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Traditional Woodworker chisels

Traditional Woodworker chisels

02-22-2011 06:05 PM by dbray45 | 7 comments »

I purchased 6 chisels of this set. I was looking for a set of chisels that were in inches and not metric conversion like most of the chisels out there. My current set of Marples/Irwin/blue handled chisels have been good to me but are not real hard and keeping them sharp has been an issue. So, I bought the 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, and 5/8” chisels since these were the sizes that I will use the most. The way they are labeled is also nice and readable. These chisels, like all the r...

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King Arthur Tools Carbide Abrasive Sphere Burr, 1/4"shank x 1" dia. P/N 11007

King Arthur Tools Carbide Abrasive Sphere Burr, 1/4"shank x 1" dia. P/N 11007

12-01-2011 07:23 PM by Greg | 5 comments »

I would like to give my 2 cents on a burr that I JUST started using to shape the concaved surfaced of my custom fly fishing nets. I was looking for a faster/easier way than using scrapers, rasps, and sanders. It’s a Carbide Abrasive 1” Sphere Burr by King Arthur. This Sphere Burr fit flex shafts, mini die grinders and air grinders and has a 1/4” shank x 1” diameter. It’s also available in European 6mm shanks.I use it on the lowest setting of my Rotozip which ...

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Precision Rotary Carving Tool

Precision Rotary Carving Tool

02-06-2012 06:40 PM by mpounders | 10 comments »

I wanted to recommend this tool after using it for over a month. I have a variety of roatary tools that I use for carving, in addition to traditional hand tools. And each tool seems to fill certain needs. I started with a Dremel (25k rpms) and added a flex-shaft and it was good for a variety of things, but it wouldn’t take larger 1/4” attachments. My Foredom flex-shaft with footpedal is great for roughing out and sanding and is really durable and powerful, even thought the rpms ...

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Easy to sharpen but lack durability

Easy to sharpen but lack durability

03-31-2012 07:42 PM by Manitario | 11 comments »

There have been so many positive reviews about these chisels that I thought I’d chime in with my experience with them. I’ve had these chisels for about 6 months. They were my first set of “real” ie. not big box store chisels. I’d read many positive reviews about the Narex set, and they are very reasonably priced, so I took the plunge. Overall, the machining and finish of the chisels was excellent. It took very little effort to lap the backs flat. I keep them ...

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Prelimenary review for Buck Bros. Set of 5 Crank Neck Paring Chisels

Prelimenary review for Buck Bros. Set of 5 Crank Neck Paring Chisels

11-25-2012 02:22 PM by b2rtch | 10 comments »

A few weeks ago I took a class with Chris Gochnour who often writes tool reviews for Fine Woodworking Magazine.He had just bought a set of Buck Bros Crank Neck Paring Chisels and a set of straight paring chisels. Like, I am sure most of you, I know this brand of chisels as a cheap brand from the Home Depot. These chisels are different , they are made by the “real” company which makes chisels and cutting tools since 1864 (http://www.craftsmanstudio.com/html_p/BuckBrosChisels.htm)....

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I finally used that Gift Card!

I finally used that Gift Card!

06-24-2013 07:20 AM 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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