El cheapo mortising chisel #1: Cheap $2 prying tool from bargain bin at hardware store into mortising chisel

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Blog entry by Ted78 posted 10-10-2013 05:13 AM 1860 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I needed a mortising chisel, but got sticker shock when pricing them. Old ‘pigsticker’ things on e-bay were going for $30 or so not including shipping, and new mortising chisels were nearly $50! I had a $2 bargain bin pry bar from the hardware store with a square shank. I cut off the business end at an angle. A bit of grinding, and few strokes on a fairly course stone and viola!

I was pleasantly surprised on how serviceable the steel is. I don’t think the steel would be any good for a fine paring chisel but seems to work fine here. I’ve also abused the handle pretty well, pounding it with an iron hammer. so far no problems.

-- Ted

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 05:56 AM

That’s an idea worth looking into

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 10-10-2013 09:45 AM

Great idea Ted. I have not wanted to invest in mortise chisels either because of the high prices. I use my bench chisels for mortising, but only in fir or pine where they work well. We don’t have pry bars like yours in Norway, but I will keep my eye out for something similar, maybe from an auto supply store. Thanks for posting!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-10-2013 06:42 PM

Sounds & LOOKS good to me!!!

If it works and is NOT broken, why pay to have it FIXED?! LOL

Good thinking!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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