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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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Henry taylor carving tools

Henry taylor carving tools

09-29-2012 03:34 PM by markswoodcraft | 3 comments »

Right off the bat, i will say these aren’t as good as the Pfiel chisels. They are however a very high quality set made in England, and at a very reasonable price. I got this set of 6 tools from lee valley a few months ago for about $140. I definitely recommend these tools to any beginning carver, like myself. It came with all 5/16 or 1/4 inch tools, so they aren’t very big chisels. There is a #1, #3, #5, #6, #7 fishtail, #8 and a 60 degree v-tool . Before I bought this set, I ...

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Carving or Chiseling Made Easier

Carving or Chiseling Made Easier

07-31-2011 03:33 AM by Grumpy | 1 comment »

I recently bought the Arbortech “power Chisel Attachment”. This was after I noticed the application of a similar tool used by Trifern on his blog on hollow turning. http://lumberjocks.com/trifern/blog/24331Here is a link to the Arbortech website.http://www.arbortech.com.au/view/woodworking-onlinestore/powerchisel-productsI purchased the unit from Carb-A-Tec in Sydney, $179 AU (about $195 US)http://www.carbatec.com.au/arbortech-power-chisel-attachment_c13131(I have no affiliation w...

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Sideways Cutting

Sideways Cutting

01-24-2013 04:55 AM by vipond33 | 12 comments »

I’ve never been much for batoning. All that hewing and froeing, to what end? Odd shaped chunks of wood for rustic furniture or homemade shingles? Turning blanks? Exotic construction? Not my bag; I’d rather split infinitives. What I do like is having specialty tools that go where others can’t and then do the impossible. Like these very tiny planes. They are are a set of two (L&R handed) side cutting chisels available from Lee Valley under the Chestnut...

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Massive Mortise Chisels - Excellent Quality!

Massive Mortise Chisels - Excellent Quality!

06-16-2013 03:04 AM 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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These make you feel manly!

These make you feel manly!

09-02-2011 01:18 AM by Alster | 4 comments »

I bought three of these chisels from Ray Iles while living in England. Ray and everybody at The Old Tool Store were terrific—friendly and helpful and quick. And for whatever reason, despite a pretty weak dollar, the price was much better there than I could find them for in the states. When I got home from England, I set to work flattening the backs and putting an edge on. I was dreading this, as I’ve read other reports that the D2 steel in these can make that a chore. But they ...

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Power Carving - No Chisels required.

Power Carving - No Chisels required.

03-01-2008 06:30 AM by Karson | 10 comments »

When I was asked to make a frame for Mark’s Memorial I wanted to do an inlay and I bought a router base that is used in the string instrument industry. It uses a Dremel of a Fordem as the power source. I select the Foredom option. That required the purchase of another new tool. So thats not all bad. I bought the #5200 model It contains two hand pieces, but neither of them would fit on the router base i selected, so I had to purchase a hand piece that fit the router base. The Route...

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a good deal...??

a good deal...??

03-16-2014 09:59 PM by steve | 29 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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my new, old chisels

my new, old chisels

11-08-2011 09:50 PM by Bill1225 | 10 comments »

well i was bored over the weekend and went yard saling and found a bunch of stanley 750’s with no handles got 18 total for $10.. they were in rough shape. so i cleaned them up made the blacks flats reground and turned new ash handles. spent a good 8 hrs all together making a 7 pcs set and all i can say is wow!!!!! i will never buy a new chisel again.If the backs didn’t have some minor pitting there would have been no need to lap the back. I cant say too much about edge retention b...

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Two cherries bevel edge chisels

Two cherries bevel edge chisels

11-10-2013 09:23 PM 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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