Bench Chisels

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Project by alaskadiver posted 10-22-2013 11:59 PM 2229 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been a while since I’ve posted anything. To busy in the shop and life, but need to share some work instead of just lurking. Anyway, I’ve been wanting a set of nice bench chisels for the shop but could come up with the coin. So I decided to make a set myself. I did everything in house (except make the dowels for the handles) including heat treating. Not having a lathe made me plan a bit more but it worked in the end. They are .25”, .5”, .75”, 1” and 2”. The 2” is 1075 steel the rest are O1, with a clay finish from the heat treating process. Overall they are 11” long with 6” of iron and copper ferrules. The finish is BLO and wax. I believe the handles are Paduak. Longer explanations on my blog

Here’s the disclaimer: I’ve been making knives for a few years and have a shop set up for metal working and heat treating.

-- "Nothing is worse than a brilliant picture of a fuzzy concept"--Ansel Adams

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#1 posted 10-23-2013 12:21 AM

well done and enjoyed looking at your projects on your web link..

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

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#2 posted 10-23-2013 12:23 AM

Outstanding! Great looking bench chisels.

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

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#3 posted 10-23-2013 08:16 AM

Great work, I have been making some homemade chisels for a while … Been on the back burner need to get them done… I same boat as I do not own a lathe yet. well done…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 10-23-2013 10:31 AM

Great work on these chisels. They look long and strong, two essential ingredients for a chisel.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-23-2013 02:42 PM

It looks like you’ve got you a nice set of shop made chisels. They will be a great addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 10-23-2013 03:36 PM

Had to take a look at Knives of Malta. With that type of handle, those chisels with be for hand use only, not
to be beat on with hammers, after looking at you site, there is no need to ask if they are sharp enough to do
the job. Great looking chisels that will do whatever woodworking job you ask of them, and if they do not, I
know that you will make the necessary corrections on one that will. I am coming from the other direction,
a well equipped wood working shop that finds some metal working ability is necessary. Know what you mean
about someone vouching for you. A friend like that makes life even better. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 10-23-2013 06:09 PM

I’d kill to have a disclaimer like you.
KILL, I say!

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#8 posted 10-23-2013 10:40 PM

How do I place my order?

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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