|Forum topic by Kenny||posted 03-20-2012 07:32 PM||2330 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
03-20-2012 07:32 PM
I recently picked up a couple old socket chisels. They are just a mismatched set of 3, being 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2” in size. They’ve been cleaned, reground and honed to perfection and now look great and work just as well.
Only problem, the handles don’t match and aren’t in the best of shape. So, I picked out a nice big, long chunk of maple to turn myself a new set.
However, I do have some questions.
First, I’ve seen several different handle designs. For instance, Lie-Nielsen and Blue Spruce use a rounded top on their handles.
Others like ECE and Narex use a flat top with a steel band.
Which is the better way to go for a set of bench chisels that will do basically everything from general chopping and paring to cutting and cleaning mortises? (pre-drilled mortises)
I’d like for them to stand up to some mallet blows and such (not severe pounding, but general use), so I wonder if the steel ring may be of benefit?
I’m also considering making some longer handles for paring and such. What would be a good length for this?
I do plan to pick up a set of 3 Narex Mortise chisels so as not to beat my bench chisels to death unnecessarily.
Thanks for any suggestions given.