Thinking of buying a new set of chisels. Any words of wisdom about
brands, ebay etc.? These are for general woodworking, not carving or
building a barn.
But speaking of ebay, I am totally converted to buying older Stanley
planes on ebay. The ones I have so far have needed less work to get
into good shape than the junk I have purchase retail, not being able to
spend $300 on a top of the line new plane.
I have a set of the marples blue handled chisels. I think they are
alright, though they come so far from flat that I wouldn't buy them
again. Even after a couple dozen times sharpening them I still don't
have a mirror lap on the back, I mean right next to the bevel is good,
but further up...
If I had to do it again, I would buy a cheapo set for crappy projects,
and slowly purchase really nice ones kinda as needed. In fact I might
start doing that, and make the Marples my crappy set.
Interestingly, Frank Klaus recommended these specifically (with the
caveat that they probably aren't for the /professional/ woodworker,
and more expensive chisels will hold an edge longer, but not
necessarily any better edge).
I haven't had any problem with mine holding an edge, but I didn't
[feel the need to] spend $300 on them, either.
I have Marple chisels also. The face of the 1 1/2 " had a low spot so
deep that it took over 3 hours on a diamond stone to take out. But on
the other hand that was 3 hours spent learning how to sharpen on
relatively cheap chisels. In retrospect it was time well spent. Just
plan on purchasing/learning a good sharpening system.
On 28 Jul 2005 13:15:54 -0700, the opaque "rickluce"
You should have dropped by HF and gotten a $10 set of their really
coarse diamond plates for that task, Rick. Save the DMT 600 grit for
the finishing, then 1000/1200 WOD paper, and finalize with a strop.
Right, any time spent learning to hone your skills (groan) is time
"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things
over and over and over again for the truth to sink in,
Unfortunatley I don't know. The galoots over on the OldTools
list are always gloating about finding Stanley everlast and Buck
Brothers. Hence my comment about reputation. Certainly the new
Bucks are nothing to brag about.
My guess is, a Buck that's old enough to have it's wooden handle
missing is a good bet.
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