I just noticed new English mortise chisels offered by The Museum of
(watch the wrap.)
If you're a neander and haven't seen the ad yet, take a look.
(not affiliated, just wanted to share the info.)
"Keep your ass behind you"
vladimir a t mad scientist com
My last ones were three for $5, although I did have to replace the
Anyone know how to replace the handles on these chisels ? I've found
it quite difficult so far.
My handles are turned hornbeam. Only having a simple lathe, I;ve
turned them as a simple cone and then planed the sides flat. I then
need to form a central hole to take the tang. Now the tang on a
pigsticker is huge, very tapered and some of them even have rasp-like
barbs chiselled into the edges.
I can't drill a hole for the tang, unless I find myself a square
pyramid-shaped drill. I can't burn a hole for the tang, because the
barbs on the tang only allow me to set the tang into the handle once,
then leave it in there.
So far I've split as many handles as I have successfully fitted.
I would use a mortice machine and choke it 40% with titebond "titen"
goop (for screws) or epoxy. Actually, Ray Iles is there in England I believe,
I bet he would tell you how to do it... ? Unless of course he's long dead...
(quick search) Oh no he isn't dead as I've just discovered, he is alive and
carrying on with this website: http://www.oldtools.free-online.co.uk /
Ashley was his father! Give him a call.
Alex - newbie_neander in woodworking
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