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Pricey, but worth it.

Pricey, but worth it.

1524 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

1548 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

1566 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

1576 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

1621 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

1621 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

1797 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

1813 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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Lancelot,Squire by King Arthur Tools

Lancelot,Squire by King Arthur Tools

2009 days ago by jockmike2 | 14 comments »

This tool along with or by itself, the Squire fits on any 4 or 4 1/2 inch handgrinder and what it is is basically a miny chainsaw. I’ve owned one for 4 years or more and would’nt know what I’d do without it. I’ve used it on wood on the lathe to hog out wood, to hog out seats when making chairs, anytime you need to get rid of a lot of wood without using a saw or rasp or chisel. You can rake it along the wood and it’s like taking a chainsaw and raking it along a pl...

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Expected more, but They are good enough.

Expected more, but They are good enough.

2130 days ago by PurpLev | 3 comments »

I got the MHG 6 Bench Chisels set. For the market price of $110 I expected these to be of somewhat higher quality than the “big store” economy sets. The FeelThey actually feel lighter then the (english) rubber handle Marples I have, and the blade seems slightly thinner. other then that, they do feel very comfortable to hold, and work with. the handle is round, but flattened out on both sides, which keeps it from rolling around the workbench, and falling off the floor… ...

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