Do I "Need" a 1/8" Chisel?

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Forum topic by titanxt posted 03-04-2014 02:41 AM 890 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2014 02:41 AM

I have several Ashley Iles bench chisels, but I do not have the 1/8” chisel. I keep looking at the 1/8” chisel thinking I am going to get one, but haven’t yet. Does a guy really need a 1/8” chisel? Seems like I think I do, but can’t seem to remember what I was doing when I thought that I needed one… Your thoughts?




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#1 posted 03-04-2014 02:54 AM

I find it pretty useful. Basically the only option for anything less than 1/4”.

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 02:57 AM

It depends on what you want to make. I have used mine to make small boxes. It helped with the dovetails and making the dado for the bottom (akin to a drawer bottom).

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 03:00 AM

Paring the ends of thin mortices…

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 03:05 AM

I just bought one for cleaning out the corners of stopped dadoes on box jointed boxes. I went with a Narex Mortise chisel because it was the most cost effective.

-- Art

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 03:14 AM

I own more than 3. Edge bevel has been customized for different operations.
My 1/8” pig stickers tend to bend or twist with just 10oz. mallet use.
Found that drilling and truing mortices with bench iron work better.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#6 posted 03-04-2014 04:44 AM

I don’t know you need one but I find plenty of uses for them.


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#8 posted 03-04-2014 05:48 AM

Shane, there is more than just 1/8” below 1/4” chisels. There are 1/16” and 1.5mm chisels as well.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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