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Thread: Question. Decent wood chiesel set for carving puppet heads.

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    Question. Decent wood chiesel set for carving puppet heads.

    I am after a quality set of chiesels either set or indiviual ones which come pre sharpened as I have read not all do.
    If indiviuals what are the main ones I would need. I presume palm chiesel set for main work and bigger ones for the first stage.
    I will be carving heads for glove puppets from about a four inch block ( I think thats the size ).
    I done a small amount of carving at a local workshop but was long ago and forgotten the names and makes of chiesels.
    Not sure of budget but would like to keep below 100 for now maybe secondhand but ebay confuses me with all the sets from 3.00 to 300 and all those inbetween, been a few decades since I used chiesels.
    Can even flog me yours if any of you got any
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    many thanks


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    Ashley Iles make very good tools. They also offer a free resharpening/re-grinding service. You provide a prepaid addressed, stamped envelope and post your chisels to them. Even if you want advise on starter tools/kits to buy. Just give them a call. I was invited to their very small/workshop/factory. They gave me personal lessons on re-grinding/sharpening their tools.
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    Thankyou for that alices wonderland, will look them up now. Gives me something to do before alarm clock goes off for work 😊

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    How much are Marples ones these days? I have had a set for over 30 years and they have been good to me.
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    Originally Posted by alices wonderland
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    Ashley Iles make very good tools. They also offer a free resharpening/re-grinding service. You provide a prepaid addressed, stamped envelope and post your chisels to them. Even if you want advise on starter tools/kits to buy. Just give them a call. I was invited to their very small/workshop/factory. They gave me personal lessons on re-grinding/sharpening their tools.
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    They look very nice chisels, and not so expensive , but what are they like for opening tins of gloss paint and stirring it ?
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    Originally Posted by ma bungo
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    They look very nice chisels, and not so expensive , but what are they like for opening tins of gloss paint and stirring it ?
    not as good as they are for removing set concrete from my barrow n shovel
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    Originally Posted by ma bungo
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    They look very nice chisels, and not so expensive , but what are they like for opening tins of gloss paint and stirring it ?
    There as good as any I've found ma.
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    Originally Posted by ma bungo
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    They look very nice chisels, and not so expensive , but what are they like for opening tins of gloss paint and stirring it ?
    Good for breaking seal on tractor tyre too.
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    Originally Posted by NomadicRT
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    Good for breaking seal on tractor tyre too.
    Ah ! thats where I have been going wrong , I have been trying with spoons but they keep bending
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    Great thing about using a chisel to stir paint , is it is really good for stopping them go rusty .
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    My Grandfather was a cabinet maker...he would turn if he knew the abuse his asshole brother gave his tools after he died, opening tins, leaving tools outside, he killed a mans lifetimes collection of tools inside 6 months
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    Originally Posted by Sootyfoot
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    My Grandfather was a cabinet maker...he would turn if he knew the abuse his asshole brother gave his tools after he died, opening tins, leaving tools outside, he killed a mans lifetimes collection of tools inside 6 months
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    Thats a great shame.I still have a few of my grandads tools , but I lost a lot of them over the 40 years I have had them due to a few unfortunate happenings .

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    Originally Posted by ma bungo
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    Great thing about using a chisel to stir paint , is it is really good for stopping them go rusty .
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    Chipping rock hsrd concrete off my old spade with a nice sharp chisel gets rid of the rust nicely
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    I grab any decent tools I can find at the boot fairs as the steel on the old tools hold their edges a lot better than a lot of modern ones.
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    Good old secondhand tools fetch good money. EBay is a good place to look at old chisel prices. Don't bid, monitor and get yourself a good deal when you can. Carboots are a good place and you can pick up a bargain. But these days with tool traders doing the rounds. They tend to buy to sell on.
    I like Ashley isles because sharpening tools is a skill in its own right. Putting a edge back on is easy. After time you change the angles and post them back. They return them good as new, ready for honing.

    If I thought you could get the (good) old chisels you need, with relative ease and not pay the earth for them, I would say go down that route.

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    Milly, i got a set of wooden handled chisels in a box of shite that i bought from the auction the other week for a couple of bits i wanted.

    IIRC they are a bit rusty, i chucked them in the garage. If you are interested ill dig them out, see if i can see any name on them and post a pic. If they are any good to you, then cover postage and maybe a forum donation and they are yours.
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    Nice one Rick 69, that would be great. Many thanks
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    Sorry, can't see any names. Heres a quick pic, ill take them to work tomorrow and see if taking some of the muck off reveals owt. Ill also weigh them to get an idea of postage.


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    Thanks for that, catch up tomorrow 😊

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    Nice chisels , but are they not wood turning chisels , the handles look more to be held than struck ? Or are they wood carving chisels

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    Originally Posted by ma bungo
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    Nice chisels , but are they not wood turning chisels , the handles look more to be held than struck ? Or are they wood carving chisels
    Absolutely no idea. To me they are more use as paint stirrers as has already been suggested! However, if they are of any use to anyone and milly doesnt want them then form an orderly queue.

    If theres loads of interest perhaps ill set up a blog and an auction site to get rid of them. Oh wait, wrong thread....
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    I hope they are of use to Milly, I already have a set of wood turning chisels, they are excellent for making saw dust on my lathe
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    They are turning chisels. Not much use for carving . You can remove wood with them though. The ground cutting angles are all different as they are designed to contact with wood at a sharp angle unlike a carving chisel. Still hit them with a mallet and you will remove wood.

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    Weight 2.7 kilo. Postage approx 7 quid with courier or 12 odd tracked with royal mail.

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