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post #1 of 5 Old 06-06-2016, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for good chisel recommendations

I'm beginning to get the necessary tools to do Arts and Crafts woodworking and would like a recommendation for chisels. I love you he Greene and Greene style with the through mortises and ebony plugs. If I plan on doing most of the mortise work by drilling it out on my drill press and chiseling the rest out, what kind of chisel would I need for that? Would regular chisels work or do I need mortise chisels? By regular chisel I mean something like from Two Cherries, Narex or Stanley.

Any recommendations for a good set that covers a good amount of sizes and uses?
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If you get the chisels razor sharp the brand of chisel doesn't matter. I have Harbor Freight chisels that hold an edge as well as some expensive German chisels. The only chisel I have that is noticeably better is a homemade one made from a jointer knife.

If you are going to do through mortise then you better look for mortising chisels. The blade on those are longer to give you a better reach.
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I got the stanlet 750 replicas off amazon. The 8 piece set. I have and still use a handfull of old chisels too. The big difference with the more expensive set is the length. It makes the tool easier to control for me, and feels better. So less fatigue from gripping something small and stubby for hours on end.

Like steve said, you have to sharpen anything A LOT if you want it to do greene and greene work. go to a store somewhere that you can put your hands on a wide variety of tools. Whatever is most comfortable and easy to sharpen is what will be best for you.

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I have had my marples for 20 years and in excellent condition. They hold a good edge and can also take a beating. They have longer handles than most brands which make working with them easier. At least for what I use them for. If have to disagree about the harbor freight chisels they don't get as sharp and get dull real quick. Cheap steel. If your carving with good chisels and you use those you can tell the difference. But you can get by with them as a hobbyist
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If you get the chisels razor sharp the brand of chisel doesn't matter. I have Harbor Freight chisels that hold an edge as well as some expensive German chisels. The only chisel I have that is noticeably better is a homemade one made from a jointer knife.

If you are going to do through mortise then you better look for mortising chisels. The blade on those are longer to give you a better reach.
Steve nailed this one...

The HF chisels are not bad if properly sharpened. Very hard to beat if you have the tools to put a proper edge on them. :smile3:
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