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finally found something to carve out the bowl of a spoon

finally found something to carve out the bowl of a spoon

2207 days ago by Joey | 7 comments »

Ever since I started making spoons and spatulas back at christmas, I have been looking for a tool that makes carving the bowl of a spoon easier. I started out using a dremel. The problem with the dremel’s is that you can’t find carving heads big enough. All of the power grinders I had found were $300+. But Woodcraft has a new tool made by Wecheer. It is simply to use, and has more than enough power using carving bits with 1/4” shanks. The first time i used it, I cut th...

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Ashley Iles Bench Chisels - Beautiful but they will need some edge work

Ashley Iles Bench Chisels - Beautiful but they will need some edge work

2213 days ago by ChicoWoodnut | 11 comments »

After using a set of older Craftsman chisels for years, I decided I wanted a fine set of bench chisels. The Craftsman chisels have served me well and I will continue to use them, but they are a little short thick and unwieldy. I like fine tools so I decided to treat myself for my 50th birthday. I have been looking for a good set on e-bay but the prices the older sets of Stanley chisels fetch these days is silly. I landed on the Ashley Iles because they are known for fine edge tools. ...

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Carving & shaping made easy

Carving & shaping made easy

2214 days ago by Grumpy | 8 comments »

You don’t have to be an expert carver to justify buying this tool (thats what you tell the ladies anyway, or the hubby if you are a lady Jock). it fits on an ordinary 4” (100mm) grinder). http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff192/GRUMPY1946/Reviews/Arbortech%20Carving%20Disc/ArbortechCarvingDisc-04.jpgIt has three circular tungsten cutters which can be rotated when the lose the sharp edge. http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff192/GRUMPY1946/Reviews/Arbortech%20Carving%20Disc/Arbort...

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Namazori Chisels

Namazori Chisels

2241 days ago by Lee A. Jesberger | 18 comments »

I’ve been using these chisels, available in 5/8” and 3/4”, for about ten years I guess. I purchased them from Japan Woodworkers website. http://www.japanwoodworker.com These chisels are incredibly useful, but also somewhat dangerous to us western woodworkers. The way in which we tend to handle chisels leads to cut thumbs, as both sides are razor sharp. It took me a while to get used to that fact. They are designed to be used in carving back rounds smooth, or to clean...

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Power Carving - No Chisels required.

Power Carving - No Chisels required.

2244 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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These are disappearing fast.....

These are disappearing fast.....

2244 days ago by sIKE | 7 comments »

Having followed late last year it was noted with great sadness that this company had closed it doors. It supposedly made the greatest rasps for woodworkers in the world. Each one is handcrafted by an artisan in France who had to train for 3 years to until they are allowed to forge, heat treat and hand stitch a rasp whose teeth are cut very regular, but always spaced a bit little off with each tooth cutting a slightly different path than its predecessor. This results in a tool that is both po...

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Detail Chisels from Lee Valley Tools

Detail Chisels from Lee Valley Tools

2244 days ago by tomfidgen | 7 comments »

I first purchased the set of five Detail Chisels from Lee Valley Tools a little over a year ago and can say I’ve used them on an almost daily basis ever since. My first impression when they arrived via Mail-order was the size. They’re small, extremely light and almost hobby like. Being used to chopping out mortises and cutting dovetails with heavier European style chisels, I decided to give the Detail Chisels a try and was pleasantly surprised by what I discovered. Using Chisels with only han...

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Balance, precision, handling, control...  Sounds like a sports car? It's a chisel!

Balance, precision, handling, control... Sounds like a sports car? It's a chisel!

2246 days ago by Tom Adamski | 20 comments »

Well, not just any chisel, a Lie-Nielson bevel edge socket chisel! Looking through the offerings at my local Woodcraft one evening, I spotted a beautiful set of chisels in a leather roll. Asking the salesman to open the case, I had a closer inspection. The feel was perfect, no uncomfortable bandings and they balance so well. The roll had 5 chisels in the set, with the smallest being 1/8”. Considering I do a considerable about of 1/8” inlay, I really liked these. I was taken aback ...

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Lee Valley Bevel Edge Chisels

Lee Valley Bevel Edge Chisels

2270 days ago by dustynewt | 4 comments »

At $76.00, these chisels are a great buy for all around shop use. I have had them a year now and have re-honed them only once. They really hold an edge. The set goes from 1/4” – 1 1/2”. The oblong handles are comfortable, don’t roll around and can take a real beating. They are better than the Marples and the other big box brands that I have used.

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3D Router Carver System by CMT

3D Router Carver System by CMT

2282 days ago by dataman | 4 comments »

Quite a few years ago I purchased a CMT 3D Router Carver System by CMT.My first project was the front of a cedar chest I built for my oldest son as a wedding gift. It allowed me add a professional looking carving on the front of the chest without screwing it up since I do not know how to carve. I have had this tool for at least 10 years and for a while it went out of production but a couple of years ago they reintroduced it. It is easy to set up and as long as you have a ½” plunge rout...

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