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Forum topic by jtlighting posted 05-24-2010 01:55 AM 1422 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2010 01:55 AM

hello all fellow jocks just a quick question im interested in purchasing a set of chisels but heres the thing with so many out there i dont know which ones to buy im looking for a decent set with a moderate price range since im fairly new i dont want to buy a really expensive set so got any suggestions


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#1 posted 05-24-2010 02:25 AM

You might consider just buying a few different ones that you will really be using. A full set may be nice, but not practical. Also, are you thinking of carving, mortises, etc. ?

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#2 posted 05-24-2010 02:35 AM

Diefenbacher makes a nice budget priced set of chisels. Great handles on them and they stand up to abuse (like using them as mortising chisels in a pinch) You needs to spend a bit of time flattening the backs to get a great edge, but they take fine shaving slices when prepped well.

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#3 posted 05-24-2010 02:45 AM

i will mostly using them for cleaning up tenons and mortises with the ocassional cleaning up some router made patterns on a flat board like t chisels blanket chest for example


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#4 posted 05-24-2010 03:10 AM

8 narex chisels for 74.50 from lee-valley,41504,43500&ap=1

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#5 posted 05-24-2010 03:15 AM

I have a number of different sets of chisels some as much as $250 each but all in all my Marple’s work fine and hold and edge. So for a set of 6 at around $70. I don’t think you can go wrong.

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#6 posted 05-24-2010 03:29 AM

Can’t beat Narex but also check highland, sometimes they are cheaper than lee-valley

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#7 posted 05-24-2010 04:03 AM

a1jim: Are your Marples chisels made in England, or the newer ones made in China? I have a set of the China-made version, and the edges do not hold an edge very well. I don’t have any better chisels to compare directly, but I do know that they’ll have chips and nicks visiible without a magnifier after just a few (4 or 5) of mallet strikes into oak.

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