Shopmade chisel set

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I am currently working on a set of 01 chisels for my own use. I like to make my own tools, because then you are free to make them to your own specifications. I’ve bought a few strips of 01 steel, and I shaped them with standard tools like a bench grinder, angle grinder and a belt sander. It works out pretty good in mine opinion.

I’ve made 12 chisels in total. 3 bench, 3 firmer, 2 paring and 4 butt chisels. I have a connection with a proffesional heat treater with hightech heat treatment equipment, so I have a good change on correct hardness and edge holding after the heat treatment. I’m only a bit worried about how straight they will be after hardening, but for now i’m very happy with the results.

Next step is to turn some nice handles, and to etch my personal logo on the chisels. After that, I hwill have my own very unique chisel set, with no matching pair in the world.

Beautifull, isn’t?

-- Wilco Flier

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#1 posted 09-19-2012 11:03 AM

Wow, those look fantastic. Was there any problem overheating the metal while grinding, or does it not matter if you go through the heat treatment after? Also, what do you use for blade etching? That sounds like an interesting process. I would love to make a set like this… closest I’ve come is milling a railroad spike into a chisel for fun, though it isn’t very practical.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 09-19-2012 11:24 AM

These are fantastic, beautiful work. These will be something to give you a lifetime of enjoyable woodworking.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 09-19-2012 12:05 PM

Great project. I always admire an individual’s ability to make his own tools—the dying art of self reliance on proud display. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 09-19-2012 01:22 PM

I would love to do this one day. I’d be very interested as to how you attach the tools to the handles.


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#5 posted 09-19-2012 05:11 PM

@bobasaurus: I have tried to avoid overheating the steel as much as possible. That means cooling with water every time when the steel became to hot for my fingers. ;-)

About the etching, it is a definitely beautifull technique to master, which opened a lot of other doors. I make als my own brass nameplates to sign my other woodworkingprojects. It is not that difficult, but it takes time to achieve neat results. I folowed this tutorial, together with a lot of other research on the internet.

If you are more interested in my method, or for other questions, please contact me at wilco/at/ I like to share ideas with other woodworkers.

@Lumberjoe: I drill a hole ont the lathe, so the hole is always in the center of the wood. Sometimes I drill twice, then I start with a small diameter, and continue with a larger diameter drill. But that depends on the shape of the tang. You can also contact me on the adress above if you have anymore questions.

-- Wilco Flier

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#6 posted 09-19-2012 05:45 PM

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#7 posted 09-19-2012 11:55 PM

Dat is toch wel weer erg mooi.
Ik heb je website ook opgezocht, maar je hebt al vrachten met bijtels en hamers en schoevendraaiers gemaakt.
Erg bedankt voor deze post.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#8 posted 09-20-2012 01:48 AM

Absoluetely AWESOME!!!
It is so great to make your own tools. O1 should be an excellent steel for this project. You are so lucky to have a high tech heat treater. I’m just now reading a book on making steel tools for woodworking by Ray Larsen. Great read!
Keep up the good work and don’t let anyone nag you about it not being made of wood, it’s for wood, so there!!!
Oh, don’t worry about overheating the steel now. It’s going to be heat treated which means hardening then tempering to a point needed to perform work and hold an edge. Only worry about overheating after heat treatment. Most tool steels don’t get to draw temperature even with harsh grinding, at least not good steels like your O1. You would have to exceed about 475 degrees to start changing the temper in O1, at least according to my chart. That temp could be reached with grinding but you’d have to abuse the blade to get there. Just my opinion. Can’t wait to see them all handled up and cutting.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 09-20-2012 04:48 AM

Great Job. I make most of my own handtools- Chisels-blades-drawknifes-plane blades- etc… I have always wanted to make a complete set, usually I need something specific and make as needed. O1 is a good steel, (should be much distorion after treating, just make sure to regind the actual cutting edge back at leasta 16th andto allow for decarbonization )there are several others, including 52100 -A6- or a laminated that will make super cutting tools also. My normal supplier is Admirialty Steel they cater to knifemakers and sell in small quantities. Any easy etch is Archer Etchant from Radio Shack ( Ferric Cloride used for etching circuit boards) Again beautiful job and keep up the good work.

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#10 posted 09-20-2012 05:14 AM

excellant work lots of patience I see

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#11 posted 09-20-2012 08:18 AM

@BTKS/Bolerjack: I’m indeed very lucky to have access to a professional heat treater. I’m in my last year of my study for mechanical engineer, and I did an internship by a local heat treater. They gave me a certificate for heat treating 20kg 01 steel as a gift when I left there. They have a oven for vacuum hardening and vacuum oil quenching. So scale, oxidation or decarburization is no issue ;-).

Check also, for a lot more pictures of my toolmaking and woodworking activities.

-- Wilco Flier

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#12 posted 09-20-2012 08:19 AM

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#13 posted 09-20-2012 09:48 AM

Top nice.
Nothing like self made tools.
Look forward to see them in use.
Best thoughts,

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

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#14 posted 09-20-2012 10:18 AM

Very nice tools and I know that you will enjoy them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 09-20-2012 10:36 AM

You lucky dog. I feel silly now! You’ll forget more about heat treating than I’ll ever know. I can’t wait to check out the links you added to the post.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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