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Forum topic by Ben posted 04-17-2019 12:28 AM 821 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2019 12:28 AM

At home in my shop I have Blue Spruce chisels, after much gnashing of teeth.

I’m building myself a mini tool chest to bring a few planes and chisels, etc… on site with me. Most of my work is remodeling and additions… Frequently hanging doors, needing to clean up board edges, etc…
The tools in this chest will be separate from my shop’s tool cabinet.

Looking for a high quality set, but not Blue Spruce level on the job site. Nor do I want “cheap” beaters on site.

I’ve thought about everything from vintage Marples/Footprint acetate handled, Two Cherries, and Ashley Isles.
I like the looks of the red plastic handled Two Cherries, as well as the 6pc. Ashley Isles set.

I’d like to keep it around $200.

Any recommendations?


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#1 posted 04-17-2019 02:29 PM

I would recommend the Irwin Marples.

I use mind a lot even for “fine” ww’ing.

I would classify them as a “firmer” chisel.

I believe you can get a set for under $70.

You’ll have a bit of work getting the backs flat.

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#2 posted 04-17-2019 03:01 PM

Well for that price this is a good deal IMO if you need all these sizes:

I would also consider getting 4 LN chisels or this Hirsch set for half price

Do you know what sizes you need? I’m guessing for doors/windows you may want some bigger ones? The larger Sorbys are nice too.

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#3 posted 04-17-2019 03:08 PM

Lee Valley has these carpenters chisels, you can beat them with a claw hammer.

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#4 posted 04-17-2019 03:10 PM

What sizes/how many do you need? You’d didn’t specify.

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#5 posted 04-17-2019 04:19 PM

My travel box has a bunch of Husky Chisels from Home Depot, nice size actually holds an edge real good and best of all real cheap! Also great chisel to hone sharpening skills on.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 04-17-2019 07:14 PM

I would get a set of Stanley Sweet Heart with the leather roll…

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#7 posted 04-17-2019 09:45 PM

Not sure they’re the right set for OP but I bought an 8 piece set of Stanley 750s from Wal-Mart mail order for $158. Wal-Mart has lots of woodworking tools for cheap, who knew?

I wouldn’t choose the 750s because the handles aren’t fixed and the blades are delicate. I’d choose a set of Narex firmer chisels instead. Thick blade and sturdy handle, cheaper than 750s.

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#8 posted 04-17-2019 09:54 PM

I wouldn’t choose the 750s because … the blades are delicate.

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I’ve not heard that one before. Delicate? How so? I’ve chopped pecan, oak, hickory, etc. with mine and that descriptor wouldn’t have crossed my mind. I do know that socket chisels aren’t everyone’s cup ‘o joe.

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#9 posted 04-17-2019 10:13 PM

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#10 posted 04-17-2019 11:02 PM

I wouldn t choose the 750s because the handles aren’t fixed and the blades are delicate.
- P89DC

+1 Agree = edges are fragile compared to other options. Had a set of new 750’s and couple of antique 750 chisels. Even after proper break-on after 5-6 sharpening; the new 750 edges would fracture easier than most any other chisel I have used. They are also very sensitive to sharpening angle; durability is better with steeper edge angle, but still fragile IMHO. Sold mine and switched using assortment of antique chisels or Japanese chisels for wood working in shop.

Hard to recommend traveling chisels? Do you need heavy striking chisels (firmer or mortise), or paring chisels for fine work? Carry both types in my traveling carpentry box. Have a set of beater plastic handled Stanley with classic M4 steel, and couple antique chisels for paring or shallow hinge mortise work. Nice part about having the utilitarian striking chisels, don’t mind letting some else use your tools on site.

Best Luck.

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#11 posted 04-18-2019 02:48 PM

Narex classic bevel-edge chisels (assuming you want imperial measurements).

I use these in my shop. They perform well above their price point.

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#12 posted 04-18-2019 05:12 PM

Narex classic bevel-edge chisels (assuming you want imperial measurements).

I use these in my shop. They perform well above their price point.

- chriscarter

I’ve got those Narex’s too. They’re great chisels.

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