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Forum topic by Tbolt posted 09-22-2013 12:40 AM 936 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tbolt

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09-22-2013 12:40 AM

Hello fellow Jocks,

I have an opportunity to purchase a complete set of millwright chisels and my question is what exactly is a millwright chisel. To me, they look like paring chisels.

Any insight or information will be greatly appreciated.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd


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#1 posted 09-22-2013 12:50 AM

It depends if they have bevels, where they function like paring
chisels but are generally longer than chisels meant for cabinetmaking,
being more of a larger-scale joinery type of chisel used for
making and cleaning deep mortises.

The “firmer” millwright chisels have unbeveled tops just eased
top edges and may be used in chisel mortising sort of similar
to a sash mortise chisel.

A lot of the old ones are very good chisels made for real pro use
back in the day.

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#2 posted 09-22-2013 12:51 AM

Who says they are “millwright” chisels? The seller? The stamp on the tang/socket?
that term is usually used for something fat resembling a mortise chisel although technically it means any over-sized (length, not width) chisel.
A more important question or two or three or four would be who made them, what kind of condition are they in, what sizes are there compared to the sizes you need for work, how long are they compared to the original length?

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#3 posted 09-22-2013 01:01 AM

If you are not averse to collecting chisels, they may be fun
to own and you’ll find a use for them. For paring dovetails
and the other delicate tasks associated with general
furniture and cabinet work, you may find them awkward.

Long bladed chisels are a joy to use when you need
them though.

Acquiring chisels is a slippery slope, basically.

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#4 posted 09-22-2013 01:08 AM

The chisel are made by P.S & W and are all about 12”. The case they come in, has a label on it that states they are millwright chisels. I’m not sure of the age of them, but my guess would be they are about 100 years old. They are in great shape with little signs of use. There are 10 in the set, which includes 2 gouges.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#5 posted 09-22-2013 01:21 AM

PS&W made real good tools. The logo changed to PEXTO in the 1920’s so they’re at least 90 years old. If the price is right I’d be buying.

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#6 posted 09-22-2013 01:27 AM

Justjoe, the price for the set is $150…I think that is reasonable.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 01:39 AM

$15 a piece – I want them if you don’t!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 01:46 AM

the internet is a picture-driven experience.

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#9 posted 09-22-2013 01:57 AM

Sorry Randy, I’ll be forking over the cash tomorrow. Heck the wife even thought it was a good deal.

Doc I’ll take pictures as soon as I take ownership of them.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#10 posted 09-22-2013 03:31 AM

Sounds like a nice deal. Looking forward to the photos.

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