26 December 2013 at 7:30 am #24560Juan-MParticipant
Me personally, I took the lacquer off because I prefer the feel of polished steel over that of thick dipped lacquer. But that’s just me 😛 . I left a couple chisels stripped of lacquer but without Simichrome polish on them, and those tarnished in 2 days. The ones I Simichrome’d remained tarnish-free (and still do), and the ones that did tarnish cleaned right up with it. I also didn’t care much for the printed on lettering, which apparently was printed on the lacquer itself lol. I’d rather train my eyes to recognize different widths anyway.26 December 2013 at 8:22 am #24561norm lafondParticipant
Merry Christmas too,
The Buck Bros. paring chisels, gouges, wood handled bench chisel, and carving chisels are a little different from the Home Deopt tools. These all have Ash handles and some very different blades. For example, the paring chisels have blades that are over 8 1/2 inches long and more beveled on the sides than the Home Depot chisels.
I have had the same experience with the HD Buck Bros. chisels. They have excellent tool steel blades. You do need to flatten and sharpen them (use the Sellers Method). But they keep an edge for a long time. And I use them all the time for heavier tasks like cutting mortises (again the Sellers Method). But I dont use them for dovetails. I find that they really are Firmer Chisels with a thick profile on the sides making them very close to a Registered Chisel (one with no bevels on the sides). This is great for use with Paul’s mortise jig because the thick sides make it easy to keep the chisel square (registered) to the face of the jig and the sides of the mortise hole. But the same feature makes them tough to use for inside corners other than 90 degrees such as dovetails; then I use the Narex Premiums.
I have to admit I have been a little intimidated to say that I use chisels from Home Depot because expensive hand tools are so fashionable. But I think all these tools are made well, they just need to be used for their intended applications. This is entirely consistent with Pauls use of simple tools like the Stanley #4 plane, Narex chisels and (my personal favorite) Aldi Chisels.26 December 2013 at 6:42 pm #24571Mark ArmstrongParticipant
I concede that when I look at most of my chisels I cannot see numbering and Just do size by eye.
In picture below a lot of the chisels in picture had been hidden away for years and needed a bit of TLC. A few of them did have surface rust, I removed but show marks where rust was I call it patina 😀 . I think I have flattened, polished backs and sharpened most of the chisels on show. Since this picture was taken I have added a couple of more sets of chisels 😀
Huston we have a problem lol
Dagenham, Essex, England26 December 2013 at 8:09 pm #24574KenParticipant
HaHa Mark honestly dose anyone need that many chisels. Man where do you stop, but each to their own buddy. 😉26 December 2013 at 8:59 pm #24577Mark ArmstrongParticipant
Ken it’s not all done over night there’s thirty years worth sitting their.
One of my favourite chisels believe it or not was the blue Stanley 5002 did used to have pretty much a full set from 1/4 to 1 1/2 including 5/8 and 7/8 but alas some have got lost. I only have four of set left shame really because they have good metal on them and have nice thin bevels. I know 5002 still made but I doubt they are of same quality and I don’t think you can get all the sizes you used to.
I have some inside bevel gouges used for scribing ovolo on joinery.
My next chisel venture is to get set of outside bevel gouges with different sweeps 😀
I doubt I will ever stop just love tools to much.
Dagenham, Essex, England26 December 2013 at 9:14 pm #24583FlorianParticipant
Has anyone of you made experience with short chisels? I think a set of the short ones from MHG will be next on my shopping list.
I enjoy working wood in Germany.26 December 2013 at 9:31 pm #24588norm lafondParticipant
I envy you. You have such an extensive collection for so many different tasks. Sad to say so many of then are no longer made.
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