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Forum topic by Alster posted 03-11-2011 02:48 PM 3323 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alster

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03-11-2011 02:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: chisel mortise

I’m living in England for a few months, and have some spare pounds kicking around that I’d rather not convert back to dollars. I’ve noticed that I can buy Ray Iles pigsticker mortise chisels here at a substantial discount from the price available stateside.

I realize that one or two sizes of mortise chisel are probably sufficient for the bulk of my furnituremaking. But I’ve got enough cash saved for three. And I do have kind of a chisel fetish. So please tell me, if you were to buy three mortise chisels, what sizes would be of greatest use to you?

Cheers,

Alan


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#1 posted 03-11-2011 02:52 PM

I would get sizes that are hard to get here – 3/16, 5/16,, and 7/16

Its not hard to get the 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2” from other places

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 02:58 PM

Hey can you get stanley planes over there? If so let me knowif you can get or see a #5-1/2 stanley?
I would have to go with 1/4 3/8 1/2.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 02:59 PM

David’s got a good point! They’re an absolute bargain, even at Stateside prices, a very nice chisel. I base my projects around the width of my mortise chisels. For me, 1/4 is probably the most useful, followed by 1/2 & 3/8. However, if I had the rarer sizes, my projects would simply have mortises that size! You won’t regret the purchase at any rate.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 03:00 PM

While Ike’s on the subject, a 4 1/2 would be nice too! The 5 1/2 can still be found on Ebay but the prices are insanely unpredictable: $30 for one, $100 for another. Who knows what’s going on. I have a 5 1/2 that I really like.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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