i found a old planer blade which was a really hard tunston and wanted to make a chisel out of it, the biggest one is 3/4" the middle one is 1/2" and the smallest is 1/4" they all work really well, so well infact they are the only ones i use now!! the handles are made out of maple ( well apart from the small one which is beech because i didn't realise till i had finished!!) the only problem is the 1/4" one tends to bend because they are not very thick.
Last edited by Jimbo.; 06-13-2010 at 12:35 PM.
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' ABOUT!! Great job. I'm always intriqued by people that make their own tools instead of buying some of the mass produced stuff that is out there on the market. That's just awesome. The closest I have ever come to making my own tool, was once, when I was camping, I cut a 2" diameter log into a 12" length. I held it by one end, and bashed my tent pegs into the ground with the other end. Gosh I miss that tool......
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thanks guys, the handles are just a copy of my old chisels and i turned them on the lathe, they are a little big really, might change them one day, but they are strong, they take a bashing with a hammer from time to time really well!! the first one was easy but trying to match the other two was a bit tricky!! i drilled a line of holes into the top of the handle about 50mm (2 1/2") deep to bang the blade into and the ferrules were to start with a piece of brass wardrobe pole but it had a join in it so wasn't very strong so swapped them for the cup which held the pole up in the wardrobe, cutting the planer blade was hard and ended up using about 20 dremel blades!! these are the only chisels i use now i am really happy with them,