Sideways Cutting

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Review by vipond33 posted 01-24-2013 04:55 AM 7294 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve never been much for batoning.

All that hewing and froeing, to what end?

Odd shaped chunks of wood for rustic furniture or homemade shingles?
Turning blanks? Exotic construction?

Not my bag;

I’d rather split infinitives.

What I do like is having specialty tools that go where others can’t and then do the impossible. Like these very tiny planes.

They are are a set of two (L&R handed) side cutting chisels available from Lee Valley under the Chestnut Tool brand. This company seems to be a wholly owned subsidiary of LV and not available elsewhere. That’s ok, because the price at the quality level of the brand is quite reasonable (I own 4 of their products).

I bought these chisels to use in my work and most importantly for installations, where you never know what problems you’re going to encounter and what you need to do now, with your shop resources many miles away and the clock ticking.

But back home in the shop they have been handy too:

Trimming and fitting a deep notch on a commercial table base.

Finishing a half lap joint for myself

The steel seems to be more than ok and the handles feel good in the hand with that classic shape and the steel running right through (& finished quite nicely too). The African hardwood looks good (so important) and a tough strap-able nylon case comes with each one.

Put em on your belt like a pair of six shooters
Eliminate pesky problems with extreme prejudice.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 01-24-2013 05:04 AM

had me hooked on the first 2 photos

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 05:13 AM

I just knew there would be Lord Mount Baton out there somewhere.
Too-ing and Fro-ing in the seduction of graven images. Bah.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 06:13 AM

Interesting tool and review.


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#4 posted 01-24-2013 09:22 AM

I like the look of these. Could see many uses for them. Great review, thanks Gene,


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#5 posted 01-24-2013 12:14 PM

Those are 2 nice looking tools and I can see wher they would come in handy in a lot of circumstances.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 01-24-2013 01:27 PM

I could see using them. Thanks.

And Ha, “I’d rather split infinitives”. You jokester – but I agree.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 01-24-2013 02:05 PM

Looks to be very handy in tight spaces. Very cool thanks for sharing.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#8 posted 01-24-2013 07:56 PM

I love the look of these chisels and I am sure that I could find a use for them too..

-- Bert

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#9 posted 01-24-2013 11:42 PM

I’ve been looking at these for a while know, think I might pull the trigger.
I bet they would come in handy, not to mention the look cool.
Envy of the job site.
Thanks for the review.


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#10 posted 01-25-2013 04:02 AM

Very nice – thanks for the informative review. Probably never would have known of these otherwise.

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 07:57 PM

deffently a tool you can´t live not having in the belt ….......... just becourse of the X-factor

thanks for the rewiew and pictures :-)


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#12 posted 01-26-2013 03:31 AM

I was very close to purchasing one of these when lee valley had their free shipping deal. There’s always next time. Thanks for the review.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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