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Forum topic by HarleySoftailDeuce posted 1373 days ago 1139 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HarleySoftailDeuce

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1373 days ago

Hello friends,
I’m looking to purchase my first set of dovetail chisels. Can someone shed some light on this for me?
Is there a high quality chisel set that will not break the bank roll?
All suggestions are welcomed. I did spend some money on a Lie Nielsen dovetail saw…now my budget is woefully shrinking.

Thanks to everyone for their advice!

Paul

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1373 days ago

Hi Paul
I know there are lots of folks that recommend high end chisels as a prestige tool ,but in my opinion a set of marples will hold up for years and do a great job as long as you sharpen them properly. they only cost about $10 each and come in sets of 4 and 6.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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HarleySoftailDeuce

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#2 posted 1373 days ago

Hi Jim,
So where do you recommend I purchase these chisels?
It’s nice to hear from you!
Paul

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1373 days ago

Paul
If you do a search on line for Marpel chisels many places carry them. Included are places like Rockler,Woodcraft,Woodworkers supply and more.

Here’s a good set

http://www.amazon.com/Marples-M444-SB6-6-Piece-Chisel/dp/B0000224EV

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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sandhill

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#4 posted 1373 days ago

Jim is right the key is SHARP I think the only noticeable difference is that with the high grade steel big dollar ones is you sharpen a little less because they hold an edge better. I have that set and I do have to sharpen them after about 3 – 5 hours of use (thats just a guess-a-mation though)

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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HarleySoftailDeuce

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#5 posted 1372 days ago

Thanks to all my friends here who have been so helpful in my decision. I was going to get the Marpels,...but my furniture builder neighbor talked me into a 5 pc. set of Lie Nielsens; a bit costly…but my budget can withstand it.

Happy dovetail making for sure in my near future. I also bought the Lie Nielsen dovetail saw.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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DrDirt

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#6 posted 1372 days ago

You won’t regret your purchase – I got mine 3 years ago and love them. Though I don’t do much dovetailing by hand, but the work great squaring up mortises, and setting hinges and …and… and…

One possibility, is that the LN chisels are based on the Stanley ‘750’ which you can find used, but often missing the socket handle.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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