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A UK Chisel I Like

Bench-tested Chisel Test  People ask me about a chisel I might like—one I consider recommendable as a chisel  made to last and then with qualities developed for refined work. The question is common enough and of course I like especially to steer new woodworkers toward a chisel I’ve tested well and not just once at the workbench because that’s…

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Changing the Shape of Ash Chisel Handles

Ash Chisel Handles Are Still Great Wooden handles are always preferred to plastic ones, at least that’s how I feel and that’s how most people feel, and and yet manufacturers of mass-market chisels seem intent on supplying only plastic handled ones with metal caps to protect the plastic from hammer blows. Plastic does of course hold…

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A Bevy O’ Octagonal Chisels

More Thoughts About Chisels. Someone asked me if dovetail chisels sold in pairs for left and right hand use are worth owning. A few years ago I bought some new old stock 3/8” bevel edged chisels with London-pattern boxwood handles from a jobber friend of mine for $2 each at a US woodworking show. I…

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Hammers for chisels – many choices

OK. Heard recently of a woodworking guru describing plastic headed hammers disparagingly and then describe another heavy duty brass mallet as the way to go. Not really true. Reality is, again, it’s seldom an either or, but more likely many or around three or four anyway. Balanced views and balanced hammers and mallets is everything.…

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Aldi Supermarket Chisels are Here Again

Aldi’s four-chisel sets are out today I was shocked four years ago when I first picked up and fettled a set of four bevel-edged chisels from the supermarket chain Aldi. So good were their Aldi- brand Workzone chisels that we equipped the school with a set and we’ve been using them ever since. Hardwood handles…

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Buying good tools cheap – On chisel hammers

Question: Paul, I am working with your DVD and book and have made great progress with sharpening my tools.  I finished the dovetail box and I just started the bookcase. Can you tell me where to get the chisel hammer that you use?  Also I would like to take your foundation course in NY. When…

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So Many Chisel Choices

John bought some chisels from the car boot sale last week. Pennies go a long way in scrap tool bins here and for a pound or two you can walk away with a bag full of tools. There can be no doubt William Marples of old was the single most productive tool maker in Sheffield…

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Questions on chisels – Japanese, Western?

Hi Paul,  I have been doing a lot of reading recently and trying to find tools. I have been looking for chisels and recently stumbled across Japanese chisels and was curious as to what you thought on those vs western chisels?  Thanks for any help Adam Answer: Well, much of what we woodworking apprentices did…

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My minimalist tool list – a good chisel hammer

This is my hammer for chisel work I know that it doesn’t look much, but I have used a Thor 12-712N Nylon Hammer for at least two years and really like the way that they handle my chisels. There are other weights and sizes, but my favourite is 1 1/2″ – 38mm model. When I…

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My Three Favourite Hammers

There are hammers to live with and hammers you can live without. My work tells me which one to pick up. Outside of these three I keep a couple of claw hammers for heavier work, construction projects and such. The first claw hammer, the Stanley 20 ounce, I bought when I was 16. It is…

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  • John2v on Pallet Wood, Trash Wood, TreasureHi Paul......your picture shows several squares of timber with a contrasting strip set in. I would really appreciated if you could advise on tools used PLEASE I have a selection of…
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  • Paul Sellers on Pallet Wood, Trash Wood, TreasureI see nothing inciteful at all Samuel and even when it is we generally allow it as long as it's not too disrespectful and even then... And also, I love to hear other people's stori…
  • Dave Alvarez on George Leaves…Not to rain on your parade, Michael Michalofsky, but in my view Paul has already left a 'living tribute' to George and his work, in the person(s) of his apprentice(s), both first h…
  • Samuel on Pallet Wood, Trash Wood, TreasureI don't want to be given to provocative incitement. Anyway all my wood is pallet wood or jarrah garden stakes and offcuts. I love the hardwood pallets. The grain becomes darkened w…
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