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I finally used that Gift Card!

I finally used that Gift Card!

425 days ago by littlecope | 28 comments »

A couple years ago, shortly before Christmas, Debbie and I experienced some hardship…Without going into the details all over again, my Friends from Lumberjocks took it upon themselves to try to make our Yuletide a merrier one… an attempt, that was hugely successful!!One of the folks here anonymously sent me a $50 Gift Card to Lee Valley! To be honest, the card got mis-placed, in all the shuffling and jostling around of the moves we made…I despaired of ever finding it again&#...

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Massive Mortise Chisels - Excellent Quality!

Massive Mortise Chisels - Excellent Quality!

433 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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Good design, inconsistent quality

Good design, inconsistent quality

433 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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O1 vs A2

O1 vs A2

438 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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Narex Classic Bevel-Edge Chisels

Narex Classic Bevel-Edge Chisels

540 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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A very good set for the money

A very good set for the money

543 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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Sideways Cutting

Sideways Cutting

576 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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First Impressions Review of Wood River Butt Chisels

First Impressions Review of Wood River Butt Chisels

600 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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Prelimenary review for Buck Bros. Set of 5 Crank Neck Paring Chisels

Prelimenary review for Buck Bros. Set of 5 Crank Neck Paring Chisels

636 days ago by b2rtch | 10 comments »

A few weeks ago I took a class with Chris Gochnour who often writes tool reviews for Fine Woodworking Magazine.He had just bought a set of Buck Bros Crank Neck Paring Chisels and a set of straight paring chisels. Like, I am sure most of you, I know this brand of chisels as a cheap brand from the Home Depot. These chisels are different , they are made by the “real” company which makes chisels and cutting tools since 1864 (http://www.craftsmanstudio.com/html_p/BuckBrosChisels.htm)....

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Veritas PM-V11 Bench Chisel really delivers!!

Veritas PM-V11 Bench Chisel really delivers!!

684 days ago by Willeh | 11 comments »

First off, I will not profess to be an expert on chisels, i do not have a toolchest full of Lie-Nielsens for which to compare, so I will give you an honest opinion based on what i do know. Not wildly impressed by the packaging, however, it is utilitarian, and a decent storage box for the chisel until it finds a new home in the tool cabinet that i’m working on. The chisel comes with a wax protector on the sharp end, the metal was all coated in a light coat of oil that was easily remov...

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