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Julie Mo

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When I purchased L-N modeling and violin planes I thought that was as small as I was going to get in good quality hand tools.  I recently received a Lee Valley Christmas catalog and in it I saw they have miniature hand tools.  The mini chisels use their high quality PM-V11 steel.

 

Has anyone tried any of these mini tools?  If so, what do you think?


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usedtosail

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I have these small chisels but have used them only a few times. For what I needed them for, they worked well. I also have the small plane which I love and use all the time.


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Hi Julie, Have used their minature chisels and planes, use them constantly they are excelent, but need honing now and then. HOPE THIS HELPS Don


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They are one of my main tools (that chisels and a miniature block plane), I use them more or less every time I work on the model.

 

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I am super happy with them! It is a nice tool and a very high quality metal, sharping is quite rare. Both are pretty sharp just out of the box.

Now I know how good tools look like :)

 

The only nuance to keep in mind - due to the size, you can't use any full-size honing guide. So either you need to make a guide yourself (block of wood, etc), or use this one: http://richardkell.c.../honingECom.htm (guide #1)

 

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The guide seems to be available in US as well, just google. First result: http://www.garrettwa...-guides-gp.html

 


Edited by Mike Y, 07 December 2016 - 09:16 PM.

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WackoWolf

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I have there planes and love them, like people say you get what you pay for. Lee Valley tools are a good investment.


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Jack12477

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I also have their chisels and the full set of miniature planes and they are excellent - also have the Kell chisel guide from Garrett Wade and use it a lot on my smaller chisels.


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I have the chisels, bench and block planes, and the spoke shave and cabinet scraper. They're really beautiful and just like thir big brothers. I love well made tools and these are. I have 2 Ibex luthier planes also. What could be cooler than doing miniature woodwork with miniature tools? I contantly search for miniature tools but there is not much out there.

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Julie Mo

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Thank you!  The reviews are better than expected.  Now maybe I can make up a Christmas list and someone will see it.  :rolleyes:


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I have all the planes except for the edger. they are real tools and the router plane has changed everything for me. I did have an issue with the block plane, just don"t tighten the locking knob too much and your ok. If you really sharpen the irons they will make incredible shavings. I'm not a fan of the chisels


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What are you doing with the router plane?
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I am getting nice consistent depths on deck beam cuts such as for fitting to ledges. Staying consistent on a curved surface is difficult and the router plane follows it easily. In the past I would have used a chisel and saw but it is tough to stay true. the router does this and any other dado or slot has as a proper depth.I have been replacing all my 'modelling tools' with real woodworking tools, though they are small they perform as the full size tool does


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I LUST after their mini chisels and plane. :)  C $100 if I bought both though so this is one of those "I will have to save up" things.


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Julie Mo

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No one has asked me for my Christmas List yet.  The mini tools are the only thing on it.  I was taught it's inappropriate to "accidentally" drop your Christmas List. :rolleyes:  

 

The big day is closing in and my diabolical mind has run out of list dropping ideas. 


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Maybe Santa is telepathic !  ;) After all he does know if you've been naughty or nice ! Right ! ;) ;) ;) ;)


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Those are nice little tools ,but the handles need to be regular size in order to get proper leverage and manipulation. Lee Valley does make nice stuff.


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Yes They sure do, time to buy more. Don


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One way to get these miniature tools on Santa's radar is to add his email address to the Lee Valley email updates. The mini-tools are one of the featured items on the main website!
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Is this bench plane on anyone's Christmas list?!

https://www.classich...ew-Veritas.html
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Wasn't on mine, but I just bought one


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The chisels are finely crafted tools, but I don't see the point. The chisels are not miniature in width. Unless I am missing something they are offered in standard widths- 1/8, 1/4, 3/8 in. As reklein points out the small handles make them awkward to use ( at least for old guys like me) lengthen the handles and they're just short shanked full sized chisels.

Can anyone explain?

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