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01-07-2015 01:59 PM

I know this has been asked before. I stumbled upon these and was wondering if they would be a good set to begin with.

I am initially planning on basic furniture and simple dovetails. The reason i am going to be budget shopping is so i can buy a tablesaw as well.

And since this is my first post. Hello everyone and thank you in advance

-- -- Dave

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 02:15 PM

The Narex line is a very well respected, value chisel.

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 02:22 PM

Can’t help you on the chisels except no matter what chisel you buy the edge / sharpening are the key. IMHO.
The table saw, I’ve owned a few, the best I’ve found was a 8 year old Delta, I bought it used, it looked brand new, I searched and waited until I found the right saw, I would have taken a Powermatic, but this was a good deal.
I looked at condition, wear, year, (the serial # will tell you the year) what was it used for, the phasing of the motoring the accessories, mine came with a Biesmeyer 52” fence and was on a mobile base. 3 hp / 220, I paid $1000 and it weighs about 600 pounds. for it It’s quiet, and cuts like a dream, good top shelf blades help.
I’ve a Craftsmen, 10” Cast iron model also a cast iron table.
A bosch, which I still use on a job as they are portable.
And 2 Ryobis, for the guys on the crew.
It takes a lot of set up on the cheaper saws.
If you are going to use it in a shop and you can be patient the right saw will come up, kick the tires.

-- Mike, Windermere FL

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#3 posted 01-07-2015 02:30 PM

+1 on Narex chisels. I have a set of Narex mortise chisels, and they are head and shoulders better in terms of initial flatness and edge holding over the Marples big box bench chisels I have.

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#4 posted 01-07-2015 02:31 PM

I have been looking at the Ridgid r4512 for my first saw. I have a small stack of orange gift cards that are adding up. It is not the largest but neither is my shop space.

Back to chisels

-- -- Dave

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#5 posted 01-07-2015 02:59 PM
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I’d get the above for $55.00 USD.

near richeyville pa

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 03:10 PM

Narex makes a good chisel and that’s a good price for them. I was looking at amazon the other day and I think they were quite a bit higher there, can’t remember the exact price. I bought a set of Dewalt chisels a while back. Think I paid about 30.00 for them. They really surprised me how sharp they were out of the box, and how well they hold an edge. But I believe I would buy those Narex chisels. May buy myself a set.

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 03:31 PM

I think the best chisel is a sharp one. Having the most expensive chisel is of little value, if it wont cut through soft butter.

I second the vote for good used chisels off of sites like craigslist

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 03:34 PM

I was looking for used ones and thinking of maybe just hitting antique markets. That used looks nice but it’s 2.5 hrs each way. Can anyone identify whether or not it would be worth shipping? If the seller was willing

-- -- Dave

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#9 posted 01-07-2015 04:23 PM

I have the narex bevel edge chisels. I love them. I admittedly have no experience with the high end veritas, or lie-nielsons, but I find the narex chisels pretty flat out of the box, and they hold a edge really well.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#10 posted 01-07-2015 04:46 PM

The Narex have a good reputation, though I’ve never used them.

I started with some plastic handled beaters, decided to “upgrade” to a set of Stanley Bailey's (mistake), did a real upgrade to a couple of Two Cherries and then found a great deal on some vintage socket paring chisels that I made into a “set” by making some handles. There are several different brands, but all are excellent quality.

All that to say: The vintage chisels, if you can find them without spending a ton of time searching, were by far the best value. The steel is far better than the Stanley’s and similar in quality to the Two Cherries. I happened upon a whole box full at an auction and was able to recoup my investment by selling off some and keeping the ones I wanted.

If you have the time to search and refurb some vintage chisels, then that may be a great option. If you don’t have the time or inclination to do some restoration work, then buy some good quality new chisels and don’t look back.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#11 posted 01-07-2015 05:02 PM

I have a few Narex chisels and I am happy with them.
I have not used anything higher end so I don’t have anything to compare them with.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#12 posted 01-07-2015 05:53 PM

The Narex chisels are a good value.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 01-07-2015 06:31 PM

Extending the question, anyone have any information on the difference between the Highland Woodworking Narex Premium chisels and the Lee Valley Classic Bevel-Edge ?

As I understand it, besides the handle differences, the Highland Woodworking ones are metric (mm) sizes, whereas the Lee Valley ones are proper imperial sizes (inches).

-- paxorion

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#14 posted 01-07-2015 06:43 PM

I like the Buck Bros chisels that are available at HomeDepot. They are inexpensive. I find them easy to sharpen, since the metal is a little softer than others. That works best for me, since I do not use them all day every day. Also, one of the last made is US items at HD.


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#15 posted 01-07-2015 11:20 PM

I was looking for used ones and thinking of maybe just hitting antique markets. That used looks nice but it s 2.5 hrs each way. Can anyone identify whether or not it would be worth shipping? If the seller was willing

- Coel

you could have the seller put in a priority box and mail it to you for about 10 bucks,if it fits it ships.

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