Boatbuilders V chisel or what ever it is called... Help!

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Blog entry by mafe posted 10-26-2014 04:09 PM 4017 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boatbuilders V chisel or what ever it is called

Picked up a bunch of wonderful old tools for just around 100 USD (550 DKK), think I made a quite good deal, at least I am really pleased and at the end of the day that is what is important at every deal we make.

Amongst the tools were this beautiful old chisel, my first thought was a corner chisel, but the old carpenter told me that it was a boat builders chisel from a small Danish island, also some of the other tools came from there.
So boat builders out there HELP?
No matter what it is, I can use it as corner chisel and I think it is so beautiful, that I needed to give it back life.

Here are all the stuff I brought back home with me that day and got for 100 USD.
Will do a quick tour top down, left to right.
Long adjustable wooden beam clamp, hand forged hook, 2 profile planes, Gouge-Shaped Adze, Gouge-Shaped Adze head really old hand forged from the boat builder, jointer plane, corner chisel, short beam clamp, piano makers clamp, wheel key, eel scissors, 2 profile planes, wooden brace with three bits (really love this one), hand forged carry hook, blacksmiths pliers, beautiful curved stair saw, boat hook, hook, rabbet plane, dovetail plane, rabbet with cutter, a sugar pliers and one more long adjustable wooden beam clamp.

Since the handle had a part broken of and a long crack down the center of the handle, I found it time to give it a new handle.
So I split the old handle and threw it in the stove for fire, then picked up a piece of beech from the fire pile.

A hard blow with the axe, gives a fine crack.

Splitting with the froe, this will secure me I work along the fibers so I get maximum strength.

A little rough shaping and cleaning up with the hatched.

Since my shave horse works as bench outside at the moment, I just clamp up the wood in the workbench and attack it with the drawknife, again trying to feel the wood and follow the grain and fibers, this will also help to dictate the shape.

Getting there.

Testing the thickness, length and feel with my hand.

Shaping the end, this will help it not to split when you give it some beating later.

Saw, yes even in Japanese style here. ;-)

Drilling a pilot hole for the tang.

With this wonderful old drill bit.

Then I used the beautiful reamer bit to make a hole fitting the tang, beat the handle down over the tang, with a knife final adjustments where the tang meets the handle and the job was done.

Now it just need a little sharpening.

Ohhh yes and my brand.

That’s it, ready for future use, life given back to the beautiful old tool.

Perhaps it can inspire others to bring life back to old tools, perhaps just bring a smile, no matter what, I enjoyed the time I spend.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 10-26-2014 04:21 PM

What a wonderful collection of old tool, Mads!

I love the old wooden threaded clamps. I would say you made a really good deal!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-26-2014 04:22 PM

Whoa that collection at the first two pictures is amazing.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 04:26 PM

Mafe, what a fantastic set of old tools. I could spends hours daydreaming about their lives. I’m looking forward to more posts from you on them.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 10-26-2014 04:42 PM

Nice find Mads. I too have thought many times, if only these tools could talk, and tell us what they’ve done, where they’ve been, about the men that used them, and what they helped to make.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 10-26-2014 04:43 PM

Nice find Mads. I too have thought many times, if only these tools could talk, and tell us what they’ve done, where they’ve been, about the men that used them, and what they helped to make. They look to be in very well kept condition, the planes are beautiful.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#6 posted 10-26-2014 05:01 PM

What an awesome find… The chisel you refer to is a mortising chisel. They were used a lot to fit frames to the keel in addition to numerous other applications

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 10-26-2014 05:57 PM

Nice group of tools you got there! They will sure look good in your collection!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Don W

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#8 posted 10-26-2014 06:47 PM

Great additions and they found a great home.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 10-26-2014 07:41 PM

Beautiful tools! As usual, I love the attention you give to them.

Unrelated question, I saw the drawknife you use has French handle style (?), I’m thinking of getting my first drawknife in that style with the ball like handles. Do you have any thoughts on pros/cons vs standard English/American handles? Thanks.

-- -- Discover the most interesting woodworking blogs from around the world

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#10 posted 10-26-2014 07:50 PM

Good tool snag! how much $ did it all cost?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 10-26-2014 08:43 PM

What a great tool find Mads. A real treasure. They have fallen into the right hands for sure. I’m know you will make them sing. It will be interesting to find out what that chisel was used for too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 10-26-2014 08:59 PM

That shaving horse is a fine place to take a rest – did you ever find the thing I left for you?

Lovely tools and great blogpost. I have a couple of tools in need of a new handle so I was wondering if you just hammered the handle onto the tang or added some glue/epoxy or the like?

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#13 posted 10-26-2014 10:14 PM

Mads – That look like a lot of fun and a lovely tool brought back to life. You found some great tools there and I look forward to seeing them in your future projects.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 10-27-2014 12:00 AM

Here in America you could go to jail for getting all those tools for just $100.00 It is called highway robbery.
Nice find by the way.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#15 posted 10-27-2014 12:11 AM

Great deal I say!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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