Skew Chisels

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 02-14-2011 04:16 AM 1631 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These skew chisels were made by cutting angles on a pair of old socket chisels. I cut them with an angle and then ground and honed the edge. The new handles were turned from walnut. I was inspired to make these chisels by MaFe who posted a set of skew and fishtailed chisels he made about a month ago. I’m making an Arts and Crafts display case (on the cover of the April 2010 Fine Woodworking) and the 3 drawers will have half blind dovetails. I had been thinking of buying some skew chisels, but MaFe’s looked so good and he explained the process so well in his blog that I thought I’d give it a try. I haven’t used them yet. I don’t know how well the 60+ year old steel will hold up to the quarter sawn white oak. I’m making the display case as part of a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. It’s nearly completed. We’ll be making the drawer parts this week so I’ll get a chance to use my new chisels.

-- Glen

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 04:27 AM

Nice, how are the classes at CVSW ?


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#2 posted 02-14-2011 04:28 AM

Looking really good!
What wonderful old chisels, and what wonderful handles you have made.
So glad some one gets inspired, this is a gift thank you. (And thank you for the mail).
I’m sure they will be favorites for you.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 04:41 AM

great work on these and the marking knifes.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 12:52 PM

nice job :-)
bett they will serve you well


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#5 posted 02-14-2011 04:34 PM

Great chisels need great handles

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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