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Great starter kit for a great price!

Great starter kit for a great price!

05-06-2014 12:57 PM by vetwoodworker | 6 comments »

I am a Hobbyist woodworker, and have been looking into wood carving for a while now. I did not want to spend large amounts of money for a carving set not knowing if I would like it enough to stick with it. Enter this kit! When it arrived (On time as promised, in double packaging!), I immediately opened it to feel the tools, and inspect the quality. I was pleasantly surprised. The handles are ergonomic and cushioned, and the steel is pretty heavy grade. Knowing that no tool comes with a great ...

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3D Router Carver System by CMT

3D Router Carver System by CMT

01-23-2008 01:50 AM by dataman | 4 comments »

Quite a few years ago I purchased a CMT 3D Router Carver System by CMT.My first project was the front of a cedar chest I built for my oldest son as a wedding gift. It allowed me add a professional looking carving on the front of the chest without screwing it up since I do not know how to carve. I have had this tool for at least 10 years and for a while it went out of production but a couple of years ago they reintroduced it. It is easy to set up and as long as you have a ½” plunge rout...

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O1 vs A2

O1 vs A2

06-11-2013 01:34 AM by DouginVa | 5 comments »

This past Christmas I put the Lie Nielsen bevel edge socket chisels on my Santa Please Get Me List. Between my wife and mom I got 5….....of the O1 chisels. My bad, I should have been more specific. I already had a set of decent chisels from long ago and although I didn’t know for sure what type of tool steel they were made from I was disappointed in how long, or briefly in this case, they held a sharp edge. After reading many reivews on the A2 chisels I decided that was what I...

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Namazori Chisels

Namazori Chisels

03-04-2008 06:11 AM by Lee A. Jesberger | 18 comments »

I’ve been using these chisels, available in 5/8” and 3/4”, for about ten years I guess. I purchased them from Japan Woodworkers website. http://www.japanwoodworker.com These chisels are incredibly useful, but also somewhat dangerous to us western woodworkers. The way in which we tend to handle chisels leads to cut thumbs, as both sides are razor sharp. It took me a while to get used to that fact. They are designed to be used in carving back rounds smooth, or to clean...

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finally found something to carve out the bowl of a spoon

finally found something to carve out the bowl of a spoon

04-06-2008 09:06 PM by Joey | 7 comments »

Ever since I started making spoons and spatulas back at christmas, I have been looking for a tool that makes carving the bowl of a spoon easier. I started out using a dremel. The problem with the dremel’s is that you can’t find carving heads big enough. All of the power grinders I had found were $300+. But Woodcraft has a new tool made by Wecheer. It is simply to use, and has more than enough power using carving bits with 1/4” shanks. The first time i used it, I cut th...

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Expected more, but They are good enough.

Expected more, but They are good enough.

06-16-2008 02:29 AM by PurpLev | 3 comments »

I got the MHG 6 Bench Chisels set. For the market price of $110 I expected these to be of somewhat higher quality than the “big store” economy sets. The FeelThey actually feel lighter then the (english) rubber handle Marples I have, and the blade seems slightly thinner. other then that, they do feel very comfortable to hold, and work with. the handle is round, but flattened out on both sides, which keeps it from rolling around the workbench, and falling off the floor… ...

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Great value, can be honed to a razor edge and holds it well

Great value, can be honed to a razor edge and holds it well

12-22-2009 05:36 AM by jake | 7 comments »

These are a great value and should be in every tool chest if your working with wood and can’t afford the high end tools. These are far and away a step up from the cheap tools you find at the big box discounters but not too much more money. They hold an edge well and with a little work can be honed to a razor edge. They hold their edge well, as I completed entire projects without sharpening them. One prior off brand set I bought were being sharpened more often than I was wood the wood. T...

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Pricey, but worth it.

Pricey, but worth it.

02-12-2010 04:57 PM by Jon Spelbring | 14 comments »

I’ve recently been bitten by the hand tool bug. I’ve been learing to do dovetails and MT joints by hand (fun!). My current set of chisels is the ole blue Marples. They do the job, but I wanted something with a little more finesse for fine tuning my dovetails, so what better than a couple of dovetail chisels. I did my research, and kept coming up with Blue Spruce. So, I decided to bite the bullet and order a couple to see if they were up to the hype. Yes. How’s tha...

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Footprint 4 Piece Chisel Set

Footprint 4 Piece Chisel Set

04-09-2010 09:20 PM by cstrang | 11 comments »

These chisels are good quality Sheffield steel at a very economical price of only 29.99 for a set of four. The sizes are ¼”, ½”, ¾” and 1”. As always I wouldn’t trust the factory edge so after a brief time on the stone, I honed them on a diamond stone and now you could shave with them… however I wouldn’t reccoment that haha. Currently I am doing some dove tails and mortise and tennon work with them and they are holding their edge quite nicely. I will probably pick up a 3/8” chisel...

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The Best Framing Chisel I've Ever Used

The Best Framing Chisel I've Ever Used

04-21-2010 05:40 AM by VanLewis | 4 comments »

I’ve been using an ancient hand-forged framing chisel, about 2” wide, since I inherited it with a bunch of rusty saws maybe 25 years ago. Other carpenters admire it, mostly I think because you can see the skill of the maker in its hammer dents. It sharpens beautifully, holds an edge farily well, and can cut cleanly while the edge is new. It does have one major drawback, though: the socket was forged around a too-small form, about the diameter of a pencil, so I have to replace t...

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