|Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster||posted 12-10-2014 04:03 PM||1700 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
12-10-2014 04:03 PM
I recently started cutting dovetails by hand and started using my chisels for fine work for the first time. I have done some minor paring and mortise chopping, but dovetailing really is a whole different ballgame. I have been using a cheap set of “Faithfull” chisels recommended by Paul Sellers. They seemed fine until yesterday when I took a close look at an edge and realized it was all beat up because I hadn’t sharpened it in a while. I resharpened and went to make a light chopping cut in purpleheart and the tip rolled over like piece of aluminum foil. This could be a result of the purpleheart, but it is still disconcerting, as I assume the tip wouldn’t last well in maple or ash or other domestic hard hardwoods just like it didn’t last through the purpleheart. That said, I need some advice on a few chisels to try out.
I figure right now (Christmas) would be a good time to ask for a few different types of chisels to demo. Then, I could possibly order a full set of my favorite, or even make do with a hodge podge of different high quality chisels that covered a few different sizes (1/4, 1/2, 3/4 would probably serve most of my needs).
These are the factors I am looking for in a chisel:
1. Edge retention needs to be better than aluminum foil
Some chisels I have been considering are the Ashley Iles MK2, Ashley Iles roundback dovetail chisel, Koyamaichi Japanese chisel. I currently have 1/2” Stanley 750 and I plan to start testing it more thoroughly to see if I like it. Previously, I had used it mostly for paring.
What are your thoughts?
-- The Wood Is Your Oyster