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Forum topic by fredd3039 posted 11-18-2013 03:53 PM 576 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2013 03:53 PM

Hello everyone,
Within the last year I purchased a woodworking magazine that had a fantastic article in it about how to make wood chisels (mortise or paring I believe) from stock steel. It covered every aspect of the process from angles, heat treating, making the handle, making the brass hardware and everything else. It even had a piece of brass that was cut and filed into a Victorian stye design that rested in the handle and protruded out onto the top of the chisel for decoration.We recently moved into a new home and the magazine has been missing in action since then. I really want to make my own chisels and this article was the best source of “how to” I could find on the subject. If anyone knows of the article please let me know what publication it was in. I will pay anyone for a pdf scan of the article. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also if anyone knows of a build site for paring or mortise chisels please let me know.

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#1 posted 11-18-2013 04:08 PM

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#2 posted 11-18-2013 04:48 PM

I made a mortise chisel years ago from an article in FWW
but that was before ebay established a mechanism for
getting old tools. I made it simply because they could
not be bought new. I don’t think I saved any money
and the chisel is heavy and awkward to use. The piece
of bar stock was 18” x 1” x .5” and only could get one
full chisel from it. Smaller dimensions of oil hardening
steel are of course cheaper but for the beafier mortise
chisel sizes I don’t think there’s much money to be
saved – not that I expect that’s your criteria.

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#3 posted 11-18-2013 06:29 PM

Sounds like a Shopnotes project. I don’t remember which issue though.

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#4 posted 11-19-2013 06:09 AM

Shopnotes Issue 123 has article on making custom chisels.

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