Dovetail chisels DIY (skewed, fishtail and left, right dovetail versions) blog

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Blog series by mafe updated 03-27-2012 09:50 PM 6 parts 87415 reads 94 comments total

Part 1: *Intro, info, challenge and materials*

01-12-2011 03:18 PM by mafe | 7 comments »

Intro, info, challenge and materials low budget, high pleasure Intro:Ok I made it! dovetails in my tooltote project, but learned my tools were not the best for this job.First of all my Bahco 434-50 Bevel Edge Chisel are made for contractors (demanding carpentry, whatever that means), not for cabinet work, the backs are not completely flat, the sides are slightly rounded, the bevel sides are too high and the handles are too long for me to pare with, besides that they are really nice, and I...

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Part 2: *Chisel handles on the lathe *

01-12-2011 03:21 PM by mafe | 9 comments »

Chisel handles on the lathe no money, no pressure Intro:This first part will be how I made the handles. Here the materials, a old table leg found in the street and cut into needed size, and a piece of aluminum tube for ferrules.First step is to mark the centers. Here the wood is set up in the lathe, and in the background you can see my sketch for the app. shape I wanted. First turning the end for the ferule, I used a caliper to set the size. The shoulder takes ...

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Part 3: *Honing the chisel blades to new shapes *

01-12-2011 03:23 PM by mafe | 9 comments »

Honing the chisel blades to new shapes no cut, no pain Intro:This first part will be how to make the new bevels, and hone the blades. Where we ended last, with the old chisels and five brand new home made handles. One of the old blades, as you can see some of them needed a helping hand… With a marker I draw my layout on the blade, this one for the fish tail. Time for that Dremmel tool to get running again. I use this because they are quite fast, and do not prod...

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Part 4: *Fitting handles on the chisels *

01-12-2011 03:24 PM by mafe | 26 comments »

Fitting handles on the chisels no fit, just hit! Intro:This first part will be how to mount the tang blades in the handles, and then a go go. Where we ended last, with a set of reborn chisel blades. The tube is cut up into smaller pieces, and these are grinded flat in the ends. Handles and ferrules.Next step was to drill holes in the handles, I forgot to photograph this one, but the this is how it’s done.First drill a small hole in the handle, this hole must have the ...

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Part 5: *Paring and a Exocto science (for beginners...)*

03-06-2011 02:33 PM by mafe | 14 comments »

Paring and a Exacto scienceok perhaps not science… just minding the grip. Intro:When using the chisels I realized I still had to reach for my other set to pare, and for smaller cuts, key holes and cleaning out it would be fine with a delicate cutting tool.Exacto knifes are not exactly science, but they are really easy to use, and you can sharpen and shape the blades as you wish fast on a grinder.So it was time to make an update on the dovetail chisel set! Excato knife, two...

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Part 6: Upgrade of the set

03-27-2012 09:50 PM by mafe | 29 comments »

Upgrade of the setNow ready for really fine work. Why:Well… Ahhhh… Hmmmmm…Ok I admit it!!!Just for my pleasure, I love making tools, now I said it! So now my dovetail set is able to clean up really fine dovetails and also able to get in to half blinds and other for cleanup. Once again some old chisels of a nice quality, now some really narrow for cleanup and a 6mm for making a small dovetailed chisel.Separate the handles from the tang from the handle and the...

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