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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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Chisel unsurpassed

I looked at some of my chisels this week and thought that despite today’s advanced industrial technologies and engineering, many modern makers seem unable to match the simplicity and qualities that give me what Sorby, Ward and old Marples chisels gave the craft a century and more ago. Why that’s the case I am not altogether sure. I…

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Lidl has chisels in today

Lidl here in the UK has four-chisel sets  in their stores today for £7. These are the same ones that Aldi carries made by the same maker but carrying Lidl’s brand name. They are good lifetime chisels and they have proven to be excellent chisels each year they have offered them. We don’t do this kind…

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Aldi Chisels in USA Stores

It seems that we have succeeded!  Aldi have finally brought their chisels to the US and are either available now or over the next three weeks depending on region. A friend of our work is sending us a set over to test and make sure they are the same quality we have here in the…

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Bevel-edged chisels or heavy mortise models?

I bought these mortise chisels on ebay for £6 each. Hard to imagine, but they are all Marples, virtually unused if used at all, and all top of the Marples-of-old mortising chisel line. Three of them are 5/8” and the other four  1/2”. Unbelievably good value and all with brass ferrules, leather washers, trapezoidal blades…

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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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Lidl Sells the Aldi Chisels Now Too

I did get two sets of the Llidl chisels, 8, 13, 18 and 24mm, and used them in the demonstrations I did today for the students. They are indeed one and the same as the Aldi set and they take and keep the same keen edge that parallel or exceed the best chisel sets available…

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Aldi UK Has 4-Set Chisels in Stock

The now famous four-piece Aldi chisels are in stock and made to the usual standard with wooden handles. Usually they sell out in a few days but you won’t regret having a set or two of these chisels in your chisel collection of users. Still selling for just under £8 (per set not per chisel)…

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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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Which Chisels Should You Buy?

In the past this would be an easy question to answer. Stanley, Record, Marples, Ward and a dozen more. Not so today. Most of them are not made in the UK and those that are may not wear or fare as well as the imported counterparts anyway. This question came up twice in the same…

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  • Herbert “Matt”Mathews on My GoalsPaul Thank you again for the post and support of number 4 plane. I use an old Stanley 4C as a scrub plane, an idea from you. A Millers Falls early 9 (“4”) or a Craftsman 4ccb (Mill…
  • Ken D on My GoalsI bought a Veritas low angle jack before I bought any Baileys. Sold on the "best general purpose plane pitch". I never really got on with it. Sometimes I could get a fair result ot…
  • Michael Michalofsky on My GoalsHusbands come and go Very funny
  • Paul Reuvers on George Leaves…Great story Paul. Always nice to read personal stories and experience a part of your past. I think you are a great mentor yourself. Thanks for being a mentor to us.
  • Robert Estes on Finishing Your WoodIn the olden days, (late fifties} my woodshop teacher had his system down pat. A coat of stain if wanted, An application of grain filler or two, a brushed on coat of sanding sealer…
  • Paul Sellers on I Think It’s GoodI religiously go through the grits every time. Starting not on the medium but the coarse because `i find no benefit in skipping the first level as it's this one that gets rid of th…
  • Paul Sellers on My GoalsNow you've just expanded the lifetime of a sharp edge to twice as long whereas even the Canadian manufacturing company says up to 30% longer. Plus, how on earth are you measuring t…
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