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Siegs

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09-02-2015 02:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question chisel

I’m looking at getting some new chisels but don’t want to break the bank. My old set are beat up, missing some sizes in the set and what not. I was thinking of picking up some Wood River chisels at the local Woodcraft store. i

I would like to hear your thought and/or recommendations.

EDIT – I will keep my old chisels but was just wanting to add a few new ones I always seem to need/want.

Thanks.


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John

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#1 posted 09-02-2015 02:42 AM

I’m a big fan of my narex chisels. Got them at Lee valley. Very good value.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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BurlyBob

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#2 posted 09-02-2015 03:17 AM

I bought a set of Two Cherries from Jamestown Distributing for $150.00 and they are totally awesome.

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 09-02-2015 03:52 AM

I have been loving my Ashley Isles.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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TheFridge

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#4 posted 09-02-2015 04:20 AM

I’d suggest buying one good chisel at a time instead of buying another cheap set. The woodriver chisels may be ok, but after buying one LieNielsen chisel I found out what superior was.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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bandit571

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#5 posted 09-02-2015 05:00 AM

Four views…and all want to break YOUR budget and a “superior” chisel…..

Ok….first, go look up Paul Sellers, he has a few videos out about chisels.

Follow what he says.

As for me? Mortise chisels were made by Butcher, the firmer chisels were made by Witherby. I have the “Aldis” set you will see in Sellers’ videos.. Chopped a bunch of dovetails and other joints with them “cheap” chisels. Haven’t had to resharpen them back up as of yet.

Most of my better chisels are of the so-called “Vintage” brand…..most are at least as old as I am. Are they the full & complete sets? No, I don’t need the full sets. Just a few sizes to match what I need to be done.

maybe take a second look at those old “chewes up” chisels of yours. If you can safely grind the bevels back until you once agin find the good steel in there, they maybe come back to life for you. Nothing real hard about it, just have a big cup of water reight beside the grinder. Keep the edge as cool as you can. Lots of dunks into the cup. Take your time. No rush to grind off a huge amount of steel. That is where the burnt stuff happens. Then follow Sellers and see how he sharpens a chisel.

$150 for a few chisel???? Come on…...

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 09-02-2015 05:14 AM

Bandit, most of the time I agree. This time, not so much.

There are some cheap chisels out there that work great and you don’t have to spend hours flattening the back. Haven’t found one yet.

Except the LN.

Edit: I’d rather pay 60$ for a chisel that’ll work straight out the box than to spend hours lapping pits out.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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bandit571

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#7 posted 09-02-2015 06:02 AM

I haven’t found one yet that CAN work right out of the box…..nor have I had to lap a lot of pits out of 99% of the chisels that are in my shop.

At $60 a chisel, they had darn better come to your shop and sharpen it for you each time it goes a bit dull…..or do you have to return them for that service?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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bearkatwood

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#8 posted 09-02-2015 12:48 PM

I would go with the stanley sweetheart 750s or the two cherries.

-- Brian Noel

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Clarkie

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#9 posted 09-02-2015 12:55 PM

I agree with Bandit 100%. I have enough of the “old chisels” to fill three shops. They have a better quality of steel than the over priced newbies. By buying the oldies I learned how to sharpen, learned also just what to look for in a chisel, the steel should be cool to the touch, tempering is everything. Not too many guys even know how to sharpen a chisel today, nor care to take the time to learn. Great lesson in tolerance to just take an hour or two and sit down to get that fine edge on the chisel. Have fun, make some dust.

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Bill White

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#10 posted 09-02-2015 02:16 PM

Glad to see that someone else (Bandit) has Butcher tools.
I’ve been collecting them for several years (saws, plane irons, chisels, turning tools), and find the cast steel to be a joy to work. May not be the newest tech stuff, but the old guys who used Butcher tooling sure did turn out some fine woodworking.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Siegs

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#11 posted 09-02-2015 02:31 PM

Thanks for the advise so far. I always hear people trying to avoid “working” on the chisel out of the box. I don’t mind this at all. To me it is part of the deal and I find it relaxing. If I don’t have a project going or it is llate at night and I can’t make noise I often tinker and stuff like that fir time like that perfectly.

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Andre

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#12 posted 09-02-2015 02:58 PM

I am probably not the only person here that has this addiction but I seem to have chisels from every part of the world and the only ones that worked for me out of the box are the Two Cherries! Vintage exempt of course, the old Stanley 750s are a lot better than the new Sweet hearts! IMHO.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#13 posted 09-02-2015 03:02 PM

Hey Andre, that’s what I’ve heard from a few other guys also, about the new Stanley repros that is.

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#14 posted 09-02-2015 04:33 PM



Thanks for the advise so far. I always hear people trying to avoid “working” on the chisel out of the box. I don t mind this at all. To me it is part of the deal and I find it relaxing. If I don t have a project going or it is llate at night and I can t make noise I often tinker and stuff like that fir time like that perfectly.

- Siegs

i really hope you have better success with vintage than I did. The last ones I had was a set of 1/4, 3/8, & 1/2 old Stanley 750s. After 4 hours of of work between granite and sand paper, belt sander, and an extra coarse diamond stone, I only had one finished 1/2” chisel to show for it.

To each his own. I spent more time working on my chisels than working with them. And yes, the LN was perfect out of the box. I honed it but that took less than a minute.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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ColonelTravis

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#15 posted 09-02-2015 05:27 PM

Confirming what bandit said about the Paul Sellers-endorsed Aldi brand. They are an incredible deal for the money. I use them all the time, blade stays sharp.

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