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Good design, inconsistent quality

Good design, inconsistent quality

403 days ago by JayT | 13 comments »

Needing a decent set of chisels, instead of my plastic handled beaters, I decided to try the Stanley Bailey 5pc set. Now that I have been using them for about six months, it was time to do a review. The set retails for around $70 for five chisels and a leather tool roll. Initial impressions The chisels look good with brass ferrules and hoops contrasting nicely with the stained hardwood handles. I’m not a big fan of stained handles, but they do look nice out of the box. The in...

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Swedish Sloyd Knife

Swedish Sloyd Knife

876 days ago by jjw5858 | 5 comments »

Just a few weeks back I received this little treat I picked up for myself from the Lee Valley Tools website, a Swedish Sloyd Knife! This retails for $15.50 and I was plesantly surprised that for a cheaper costing carver knife that this is a very handy shop knife to have around. I would have preferred wood to the hard plastic handle (AHHH Its 16 bucks..lol)...but it fits nicely to the contours of the hand, has a sharp blade, and cuts nice for a Sunday afternoon of whittling…...(See...

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DeWalt Side Strike Chisel Really Work

DeWalt Side Strike Chisel Really Work

849 days ago by Harry_Ch | 7 comments »

Recently got the DeWalt Side Strike Chisel because I needed a tool that could take being used and abused but wouldn’t complain about it later. Saw the batoning chisel LV has, but got to handle this one first. Out of the box(so to speak), it has a good sturdy blade with a 1 inch chisel nose along with an equally good side bevel/serrated edge(dang left-handed design). The handle is thick enough to fit your hand very well, regardless of which way you are holding it. That’s hard to...

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A very good set for the money

A very good set for the money

512 days ago by Ron Harper | 6 comments »

Redoing my shop and needed a new set of bench chisels, at least I talked myself into a new set. Paul Sellers had given the Narex Bench chisels a good word, so I ordered the Imperial set from Lee Valley. They arrived almost perfectly flat, and sharp enough that only a quick hone got them ready to work. Please realize that I am not doing this for a living, so my tools do not get the hard use of a 10 hour a day cabinet maker. But, i spend at least two full days a week in the shop. These thi...

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Narex Classic Bevel-Edge Chisels

Narex Classic Bevel-Edge Chisels

509 days ago by Roswell | 11 comments »

First off, let me qualify everything I say by mentioning that this is the only proper set of chisels I’ve owned, and I’m a newbie, sorta. I picked the Narex brand because FWW liked ‘em for the price. So did Wood Magazine, and a few blogs. I like them too, with a few noted shortfalls: -The metal is definitely NOT hardened to Rc59 in mine. Moderate prying when chopping (chip removal) will bend the tip out of plane with the back on the standard 25 degree bevel. Using a 30...

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great chisels

great chisels

839 days ago by reggle | 7 comments »

Great value chisel set.Any woodworker will laugh at the state of sharpness of these. The packaging states `Sharpened & ready to use but a bit of sharpening on the oilstone got them to a razer egde. Product Description Marples Ms500 Soft Touch B/E Chisel Set 5 Metal striking cap allows use with a hammer, prolongs the life of the handle and prevents mushrooming. The soft touch handles are oil and water resistant to prevent slippage and to give improved comfort even during prolon...

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How to Upgrade Chisels?

How to Upgrade Chisels?

824 days ago by TDog | 38 comments »

I have really enjoyed my Marples Blue Chip Chisels passed down in my family. I like the quick sharpening of the O-1 carbon steel. I have cut a few dovetails now with them in a few projects and practice but would like a bit nicer set or few new chisels. I am wanting to purchase a new set. I am debating between these now: Lie Nielsen A 2 Bench ChiselsBarr Tools 0 1 Cabinet Makers Chiselsand just maybe Blue Spruce A 2 if only a couple new ones. I would like any comments if you have use...

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A well spent $29.00

A well spent $29.00

815 days ago by ShipWreck | 13 comments »

If you cut as sloppy as I do, it is always nice to have a good set of paring/gouging/shaving chisels. I wanted a set butt chisels even back when I was strictly using machinery for woodworking. Butt chisels are really nice for using one handed. I have known about these WoodRiver chisels for a while, but never bothered with them due to alot of negative reviews. I stopped by my local WoodCraft yesterday looking for a piece of Beechwood for a mallet head that I want to make. I happened to see th...

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First Impressions Review of Wood River Butt Chisels

First Impressions Review of Wood River Butt Chisels

569 days ago by tallinstaller | 10 comments »

First Impressions Review of Wood River Butt Chisels My lovely Wife bought these for me for Christmas this year. I’ve been eyeing them for a while, mostly due to the beautiful Bubinga handles that fit so wonderfully in the palm and the on-sale price of $29.99. This is just a short review based on the initial set up and a few paring and chopping exercises. The set is four chisels in 1 inch, ¾ inch, ½ inch and ¼ inch. Overall fit and finish is quite good for an economy set of chisels. It...

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Turds That Take a Surprising Polish

Turds That Take a Surprising Polish

779 days ago by Ripthorn | 13 comments »

So I am working on my workbench that will be made of doug fir. I started making the mortises which I hogged out with a Forstner bit and then I reached for my Narex bench chisels to clean them up. All three of the Narex chisels I used got dinged up blades rather quickly. Not wanting to do any more damage to them (which I probably just didn’t have set up for chopping out corners), I bought this cheap set from Harbor Freight knowing that they had a high likelihood of being total garbage...

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