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need2boat

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11-01-2011 04:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hollow mortise chisel clico lee valley woodworking shop tools

Hello all,

Looking for anyone who has used either of the Clico or Lee Valley Premium mortise chisels. There is quite a bit of difference in price between the two and I’m leaning towards the LV but figured I’d see if anyone has much to say on either.

I know a lot of it has to do with properly sharping them and I plan to do that but the used unit I just bought came with some older grizzly bits and truth be told it’s not worth my time cleaning these up.

Cheers

Joe

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TominTexas

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#1 posted 11-02-2011 08:48 PM

Hi Joe – I have used the Lee Valley mortice chisels and they are very good quality. As you point out, any mortice chisel requires some initial attention in terms of sharpening and polishing of the chisel. I don’t think you would be disappointed in the Lee Valley product. If you don’t routinely use all of the sizes in a typical set (I know I don’t), only order the size(s) that you have an immediate need for and give them a try.

Regards
Tom

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 08:57 PM

How bad ARE the OEM chisels ?

My Grizzly mortiser—new—came with a set.

Before sharpening and honing …. junk.

Afterward …. so good that I don’t feel a need to consider new Clico or LV chisels/bits … which … by itself … is sort of sad ;-)

Might be worth a try. Little to lose but 45 minutes.

Either way … good luck !

-- -- Neil

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need2boat

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 09:06 PM

Nbeener,

thanks, If I had the cones to sharpen them I would give it ago but I don’t nor a local source so I would need to order. I did try in scrap wood and wasn’t happy. It’s a time money thing for me. Ordering the parts to sharpen, then the time to do it and hopefully be happy doesn’t work with my life right now. I get limited time in the shop due to work and I like to try and sort out as much as possible so I can get to the enjoyment.

I think Tomin idea of getting the size I use most will work, then I can look at sharpening later.

Joe

-- Second Chance Saw Works http://www.secondchancesawworks.com Blog: Positive Rake http://www.positiverake.com

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#4 posted 11-02-2011 09:44 PM

I guess the question is … if the new LV’s will need to be cleaned up, first, too—as Tom indicates they will—is it worth buying the cones, first, and learning the honing skill ON the cheap ones ?

You can always upgrade, later.

I take your point, either way, so … again … good luck.

-- -- Neil

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