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Forum topic by Bryan posted 02-10-2012 04:01 PM 1156 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2012 04:01 PM

I want to piece together a decent mixed bag chisel set of good quality chisels. I was thinking about buying 2 brand new Lie Nielsons, but have no idea which 2 to get that will be most versittile. Do you guys have any suggestions by that I mean suggest 2 sizes on the lie nielsons, in other words if you only had 2 sizes of bevel edge chisels what would they be?

Next would yo suggest on size of mortise chisel if you were only gone buy one.

Also if any of you have any not being used I would be interested in taking them off your hands but I want good user tools that are good quality.

Thanks for any input

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 04:40 PM

What scale of work do you need to do mortising in?

For furniture, a 1/2” mortise chisel is useful because the
joints are bigger, but for cabinet doors a 1/4” or 5/16”
is the better size.

Japanese chisels are nice to collect. They work especially
well on softer woods.

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#2 posted 02-10-2012 04:47 PM

I use two mortise chisels the most: 1/4 and 1/2. It really depends on your work, but if I had to give one up, it’d probably be the 1/2 because I do make 1/4 mortises and you really need a strong chisel for those.

With respect to the bevel edge chisels, if I only had two, I’d probably go with 1/4 and 3/4. But that’s not ideal. Shop for some vintage socket chisels on ebay and you could get far more for your money than two LNs, but of course the LNs are much more desirable.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 02-10-2012 05:36 PM

I agree with Loren and Brandon, and you can score on eBay if you are patient.

I have a few Japanese Mortise chisels I spent $8-$9 each for, excellent quality.

The smaller sizes are really the best to start with, unless you are taking on much larger projects.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#4 posted 02-10-2012 05:46 PM

just a thought for the price of 2 lie-nielsen you can get a 4 pcs stanley 750’s and have some change left over. no they they are not lie-nielsen but they are a very good chisels

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