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Finally Aldi had some arrive

Finally Aldi had some arrive

09-15-2017 09:55 PM by NormG | 5 comments »

Seaonal item, they came in and wife picked them when shopping today, she noticed they were there. $6.99 for the set. They are 8mm, 13mm, 18mm, 24mm chisels. Nice handles, while they are sharp out of the packaging, they will of course need to be honed. So, I have been given the all go by the doctor to get bak in the shop. I have not benn able to do so for about 11 months due to the cold weather we had and then when I incurred a medical issue in March.of 2017. Will update aft...

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Are Expensive Chisels Worth The Money?  Western Bench Chisel Comparison

Are Expensive Chisels Worth The Money? Western Bench Chisel Comparison

04-21-2017 04:09 AM by WoodWorkLIFE | 21 comments »

A question that has plagued woodworkers for eras. In this video, I take a look at western bench chisels to understand what makes them tick. I test for ease of sharpening, ergonomics, the utility of the blade length/stays and overall feel. I took all of the chisels to a 27-degree bevel to really get a feel for sharpening them and to get rid of that first bit of possibly over hardened steel, I flattened the back, and then I just had-at-it living with them for a few months. The video is a sy...

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Luckily You Don't Always Get What You Pay For!

Luckily You Don't Always Get What You Pay For!

01-13-2017 04:48 PM by Ron Aylor | 26 comments »

┬áHaving read mixed reviews of Windsor Design chisels from Harbor Freight, I decided to check them out for myself, and I’m very glad I did. As most of the reviews were dated, some going back as far as 2012, I do believe the Windsor Design folks have taken notice. For the unbelievably low price of $9.99, the six-piece set #62641 is quite remarkable. Out of the package the grinding was somewhat rough, but like all new chisels they need sharpening. The handles seemed fine to me, hefty an...

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Narex 20mm (3/4") skew chisels

Narex 20mm (3/4") skew chisels

07-24-2016 03:20 AM by PPK | 4 comments »

I bought this set of chisels from Highland Woodworking and have been using them non-stop ever since. They are the darn handiest thing when scraping glue out of drawer boxes or anywhere that it’s hard to get a regular chisel in a good position. As far as the quality goes, they are made out of good steel, have good machining, come sharp, and have held an edge well. The handles are good beech? handles, and could resist being beat on with a mallet, although I almost always use these for ...

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Lie-Nielsen Beveled Edge Socket Chisels

Lie-Nielsen Beveled Edge Socket Chisels

07-18-2016 11:30 PM by TheFridge | 7 comments »

I tried one 1/2” chisel to see what the brand was all about. Now I have a 5 pc set with 2 skews and a fishtail. And a few planes as well. they take an edge and hold it well. I have no complaints about the tool or the price

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Awesome Bench Chisels!

Awesome Bench Chisels!

06-18-2016 07:15 AM by fatman51 | 21 comments »

For a good couple of decades, I got by just fine with a 9 piece set of Stanley # 60/professional hinge butt mortising chisels that my father bought for me new when I was in middle school. I have no idea what ever happened to the original 1-1/4 inch chisel. I keep hoping that I will find it in my truck. Given the fact that I always got my work done, I cannot make an honest argument that I ever needed more chisels but over the last decade, the folks at the local flea market have sold m...

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Native Style Carving Tools

Native Style Carving Tools

06-06-2016 12:30 AM by Druid | 8 comments »

Today, I came across a site that was new to me, and I thought that I would pass it along for the carvers who are looking for a source of custom made native style knives, including those evasive hook knives. Preferred Edge Carving Knives and Supplies produces a good variety of knives, particularly for native style carving, but also quite suitable for those awkward items that our “standard” carving tools are difficult to adapt to . . . spoons for example.Their site also has good inf...

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Exactly What I Needed

Exactly What I Needed

02-24-2016 01:47 AM by smitty22 | 7 comments »

This set of silicone chisel tips/guards is exactly what I’ve been looking for since I started using chisels for serious woodworking. They are rugged and feel like they will survive quite a bit of use, fit standard flat chisels nicely, and are bright red so they don’t disappear in a pile of shavings. There are 10 of these in the set, about $10 or so. Shown here installed on a few of my chisels, at $10.00 for the set, not cheap, but sure helps keep the cutting edges from bangi...

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#1 go-to tool

#1 go-to tool

12-20-2015 05:56 PM by Dan | 4 comments »

After two years these are still my most used hand tools. I even bought a second one so that one could be angled for getting into those pesky tight corners and other uses. They are a bit spendy up front at 30/35 dollars but more than pay for themselves over time. They must be made for Woodcraft because “Swiss Made” is stamped on them and nothing else. Used with EZ-lap diamond stones they are easy to resharpen and hold edges very well.

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IBC Chisels reviewed by David Charlesworth

IBC Chisels reviewed by David Charlesworth

11-06-2015 08:11 PM by david charlesworth | 6 comments »

These long awaited chisels are now available. When faced with innovative design, it is difficult to come up with a definitive opinion. Time will tell.The connection between handle and blade is unusual. The top of the blade passes through a hardened ferrule and then threads into a hardened steel core. This extends to the top, where a solid, polished aluminium cap secures the maple handle. (American walnut is also available as an option). In the short term I found this arrangement works pe...

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