Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: A surprise from the wife

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2019
    Location
    Northeast WI
    Posts
    413

    A surprise from the wife

    These last few weeks have been tough both at work and family wise, but my wife decided to surprise me last night.

    IMG_20211123_214517082.jpg

    The box says made in England with global materials. Fit is good, finish is on the rougher side. There are tooling marks but might help prevent slipping. I haven't flattened any but there are no obvious warps of defects.They are comfortable in hand. The leather tool roll they come in is a nice touch.The lands are definitely a thicker than the lie Nielsen, but smaller than my marples.

    I'm happy with them and they should make a nice addition to the shop. Will update once I get them sharpened and tested.
    Always put the crappy side against the wall

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Longview WA
    Posts
    24,347
    Blog Entries
    1
    She sounds like a keeper.

    jtk
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  3. #3
    Very nice. Those have been taunting me for a while. They only reason I haven't hit "Checkout" is I really can't justify having fourth (or maybe it is fifth?) full set of chisels. At least not yet

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Tokyo, Japan
    Posts
    581
    Those are good chisels. I have the exact same set.

    I prefer the thicker sides on my bench chisels because I also use them to cut mortises. I can't imagine cutting mortises with a chisel that has essentially no flat on the sides. That turned me off from Lie Nielson's bench chisels, and other high end brands. Of course, I guess you're supposed to also buy specialized mortise chisels too? I haven't the room for that many chisels...

    But then, I find even firmer chisels perfectly fine if you just angle them ever so slightly when cutting dovetails... Maybe I'll just work with firmers one day in protest of this over specialization of modern bench chisels!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Perth, Australia
    Posts
    8,190
    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Dupont View Post
    Those are good chisels. I have the exact same set.

    I prefer the thicker sides on my bench chisels because I also use them to cut mortises. I can't imagine cutting mortises with a chisel that has essentially no flat on the sides. That turned me off from Lie Nielson's bench chisels, and other high end brands. Of course, I guess you're supposed to also buy specialized mortise chisels too? I haven't the room for that many chisels...

    But then, I find even firmer chisels perfectly fine if you just angle them ever so slightly when cutting dovetails... Maybe I'll just work with firmers one day in protest of this over specialization of modern bench chisels!
    Luke, have a look at this method for easily converting firmer chisels into dovetail-cutting chisels ..

    http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ShopMad...eOireNomi.html

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Tokyo, Japan
    Posts
    581
    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Cohen View Post
    Luke, have a look at this method for easily converting firmer chisels into dovetail-cutting chisels ..

    http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ShopMad...eOireNomi.html

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Wow. Impressive.

    I dare say you've just pioneered the next great leap in chisel evolution!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2019
    Location
    Northeast WI
    Posts
    413
    I am happy to report that all 8 chisels we're hollow when flattening that backs so there were no bellies to grind down. They also took a very nice edge. After a few test cuts the edges are still sharp, although that's not a true test if durability. I can't speak of consistency in quality control from Stanley, but I am very happy with this set
    Always put the crappy side against the wall

  8. #8
    The Stanley Sweetheart set of chisels set has all the intermediate sizes. I have other sets but not as complete. The edge holds up well enough for my usage that tends more toward paring than chopping. James Wright’s testing showed them to be good value compared to premium Lie Nielsen and Veritas. A discerning choice by your wife.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    N Illinois
    Posts
    4,648
    You have a good wife.....Better renew your agreement.
    Jerry

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2019
    Location
    Lafayette, CA
    Posts
    705
    She's a sweetheart, too.

  11. #11
    I've had my set for about 4 years now and I've been pretty happy with them. My experience with the backs was similar to yours - no belly on any of them, though a couple were significantly hollow and took a while to flatten. I find them to be pleasant to sharpen and hold an edge well. My only real complaint is the huge lands. Some day I may get around to grinding them like Derek but I've been able to live with them so far.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Location
    The old pueblo in el norte.
    Posts
    1,094
    Hollow is not a bad thing, if it's not at the edge.
    ~mike

    scope creep

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Tokyo, Japan
    Posts
    581
    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Cohen View Post
    Luke, have a look at this method for easily converting firmer chisels into dovetail-cutting chisels ..

    http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ShopMad...eOireNomi.html

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

    Sorry, I wanted to come back to this and ask a quesiton!

    So, with the sides ground at a shallow angle to the edge, do you have any problems chopping mortises straight?

    I still like flats on the side at 90 degrees, because they register flat against the walls of a mortise as you're chopping. It seems to me that such narrow, sharp corners, even if yours are less pronounced an angle than on many high end chisels, will still grab and cause the chisel to twist left or right in the mortise as you're chopping. Does that not happen? Or do you not use these for chopping mortises?

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Perth, Australia
    Posts
    8,190
    Luke

    I use dedicated mortice chisels for mortices. The side grind here is for a bench chisel, which is much shallower than a mortice chisel. Apples and oranges. The bench chisel modification is for dovetails. You can use a bench chisel for mortices, but it is not my recommendation (Paul Sellers does this as he is cheap, and then uses a guide for the side of the chisel).

    Skilled use of a chisel will enable one to do anything - the skill lies in the hands, not the tool. I have little doubt I could chop mortices with a Japanese bench chisel, but I would rather use a proper mortice chisel.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •