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Footprint 4 Piece Chisel Set

Footprint 4 Piece Chisel Set

1571 days ago by cstrang | 11 comments »

These chisels are good quality Sheffield steel at a very economical price of only 29.99 for a set of four. The sizes are ¼”, ½”, ¾” and 1”. As always I wouldn’t trust the factory edge so after a brief time on the stone, I honed them on a diamond stone and now you could shave with them… however I wouldn’t reccoment that haha. Currently I am doing some dove tails and mortise and tennon work with them and they are holding their edge quite nicely. I will probably pick up a 3/8” chisel...

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Benjamin's best carbide pen turning chisels

Benjamin's best carbide pen turning chisels

1586 days ago by Darell | 8 comments »

I bought these hoping they would make turning acrylic blanks easier since they should be sharper than I can make my old Crafstman turning chisels. YES THEY ARE! Turning acrylic blanks is a breeze with these carbide chisels. They worked so well that I use them on wood blanks too. I’ve turned about 15 pens with a mix of acrylic and wood blanks including a dyed burl and a couple of laminated blanks and these chisels are great. I wish I had bought them sooner.

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Pricey, but worth it.

Pricey, but worth it.

1627 days ago by Jon Spelbring | 14 comments »

I’ve recently been bitten by the hand tool bug. I’ve been learing to do dovetails and MT joints by hand (fun!). My current set of chisels is the ole blue Marples. They do the job, but I wanted something with a little more finesse for fine tuning my dovetails, so what better than a couple of dovetail chisels. I did my research, and kept coming up with Blue Spruce. So, I decided to bite the bullet and order a couple to see if they were up to the hype. Yes. How’s tha...

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English pattern mortising chisels

English pattern mortising chisels

1652 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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Great replacement for Dremel

Great replacement for Dremel

1670 days ago by reggiek | 20 comments »

Santa was a bit late this year….but he came through with this Proxxon Rotary Tool. My 1-1/2 year old dremel passed away and even new brushes would not revive it. I did some research on these tools and found that this one was made to be used continuously and had a brushless motor. The dremel had a tendency to get really hot and cut out after any continuous use over 20 minutes or so – so it did not get serious use. I always worried that it would catch on fire or cease working̷...

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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

1680 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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Paul Beebe #11 Carving Knife for Lee Valley

Paul Beebe #11 Carving Knife for Lee Valley

1725 days ago by just_adam | 5 comments »

Hello and this review carries my initial impressions of a fine carving knife made by Paul Beebe for Lee Valley Tools in Canada. At the time, it cost me about $33USD and presently it is in there on line catalog at this address: http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=31085&cat=1,130,43332,44073&ap=1 I’ve used all sorts of knives in my meandering about the wood. Opinels, Ken Onions, single edge razors, XActos…James Krenov wrote a great passage about using k...

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Low Cost, High quality chisels

Low Cost, High quality chisels

1725 days ago by Tony | 13 comments »

Narex Chisels These wonderful chisels (Model # 8101 & 8105) are manufactured by NAREX, the company is located within the European Union in the Czech Republic, here is the link to Narex website. This link will take you to the correct pages in English. The chisels are made from Mn-Cr (magnesium-chrome) steel and are hardened to 59Hrc and manufactured in accordance with the European standard DIN5139 (Firmer chisels with tang). These chisels were reported by Fine Woodworking magazine, ...

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Pinewood Forge -kolrosing from the recliner

Pinewood Forge -kolrosing from the recliner

1900 days ago by Elaine | 10 comments »

I was in a quandary several weeks ago, fractured heel/ripped tendon and a “fashionable” new boot. I was googling -woodworking from the barcalounger (recliner) or some such and ran across Del Stubb’s Pinewood Forge sight. Ordered a couple packages -kolrosing and spoon carving along with the knives. The tools are wonderful, easy to use and easy to sharpen. The Kolrosing Knife itself is a piece of art, well balanced and comes sharpened and ready to use. IMHO, prices are ve...

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Fastcap pocket chisels

Fastcap pocket chisels

1916 days ago by PirateOfCatan | 1 comment »

I bought three of the four sizes and have enjoyed all of them. The four sizes are 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4” and 1” with a sharpener in the same folding style. I had to skip on the 1” because shipping needed to be included in the budget. They have been put through tough knots and soft woods mostly. The soft woods (pine, poplar and old weathered pressure treated) cut nice and clean. The edge was not dulled very much by the knots, no visible flattening or nicks (it di...

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