Recommendations on small to medium files, spokeshave and chisels

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Forum topic by kanihoncho posted 02-16-2010 04:59 PM 1562 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2010 04:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: chisel gouge spokeshave half hull modeling

I do not have any files or chisels except for my lathe set. I am looking for small/medium versions of files, spokeshaves and chisels in order to use them on wood half hull boats. The transom areas can get intricate. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-16-2010 05:58 PM

I recommend buying used tools from Craig’s List or e-bay. Stanley 750 chisels are the gold standard, but the Stanley Everlasts seem good too. A full set of 750’s is pricy, but individual chisels are readily available in good condition. I bought 3 a few months ago for $25. You can get a 40 year old set that are much better than today’s mass market tools for less money. As far as new chisels I like the Lie Nielson’s but they are expensive. I also have a Japanese set that I like. I’ve read several good reviews about Two Cherries Brand. I think they are from Eastern Europe. As far as flies go I recommend the Nicholson #49 and #50. They are the traditional woodworkers rasps. There are some hand-cut files (better than machine made) available through Internet sights such as Traditional Woodworker. I recently bought an Auriou file and it’s tremendous, but at $100 apiece, I don’t think I’ll be buying any more. I have several spoke shaves. I like the Boggs shave from Lie Nielsen for delicate furniture work. I also have a set from Veritas/Lee Valley that I like since they are adjustable. Again, I’d recommend a couple of older used Stanleys, they are easily available on used tool sites. You might need to replace the blade and tune them up to work well, but they will be much better than the inexpensive spoke shaves available today. Good luck

-- Glen

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#2 posted 02-16-2010 06:12 PM

If I assume Glen is talking about “two cherries” then he is refering the company of Kirsch. A Western German company, that produces very good quality chisels… I must say they are the best brand chisels I know of. (western ones anyway)

There is Dick Tools, based here in Bavaria, they specialize in Japanese and other eastern countries tools, I order from them when I buy tools, I have yet to be dissapointed. The one excecption is a japanese style veneer saw, that thing is anything but good.

I recomend Kirsch brand Chisels and mortise chisels… they are good hold an edge and are of a great standard of Germansteel and hold up to quite a bit abuse.

Glen does have a good point, I would be wary of mass market tools, when you can get some that are at least 50 years old or older, then you have got a great set.

Avoid ankind of chisel with chrome in it, they are shiny and all but “brittle” and the cutting edge always breaks off, pain in the butt.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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