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Power Carving - No Chisels required.

Power Carving - No Chisels required.

2342 days ago 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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Carving or Chiseling Made Easier

Carving or Chiseling Made Easier

1095 days ago 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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O1 vs A2

O1 vs A2

414 days ago 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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Sideways Cutting

Sideways Cutting

552 days ago 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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my new, old chisels

my new, old chisels

994 days ago 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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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

1681 days ago 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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English pattern mortising chisels

English pattern mortising chisels

1653 days ago 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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Chisels, Skewed, Subpar machining

Chisels, Skewed, Subpar machining

1034 days ago by PurpLev | 7 comments »

With the introductory price from LV and the free shipping, I decided to get this pair of skewed chisels to have something to reach into edges and corners better. I have read another review here stating that these were far from being flat out of the box, and for their price and knowing I can handle unflat metal I figured I’d give it a shot. First Impression:Taking them out of the package I was instantly surprised by the lightness of the handles. The handles are large and look massive,...

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Massive Mortise Chisels - Excellent Quality!

Massive Mortise Chisels - Excellent Quality!

409 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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Nice small curved adze from Bulgaria

Nice small curved adze from Bulgaria

188 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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