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Hello All,

   As I slowly get my shop together, I am also looking into tools needed for my wood working. I am not looking for top of the line tools. Top of the line tools too me is for professionals that do this for a living. (YOU KNOW....MAKING MONEY). I am strictly a hobbyist.

   A lot of you know who I am from my build logs. But I not only do model ships. But I am also into furniture making, Black Power weapon making, pen making, and wood turning. I  am also venturing into Acoustic as well as Electric Guitar making. Since my son is a musician. So I am finally starting to put my shop together and getting it stocked.

  I am looking at midrange in price tools. So I have been checking out chisels and carving tools. I do love the German, Japanese, and Swiss made tools. I will go with those if need be. I am from Southern California, USA. I would like to support the workers of America. Like to give our USA made tools first consideration. (but I will go to other countries quality of tools if it boils down to that.) My present stuff is old and getting old.er(LIKE ME!!!) I will keep it to let my little ones practice and learn from those. But it is time for a new upgrade.

  I know I might be opening a can of worms. Because CHEAP, MID-RANGE, and TOP of the LINE tool pricing varies differently my craftsman to craftsman.

  SO ANY ADVISE AND/OR RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL! To assist me in my decision making. With a lot of you having these tools and used them, it would be nice to get feedback. So ladies and Gentleman I am awaiting your feedback.

 

And Thank you for taking a little time out of your day to assist me. God Bless

 

Mario 

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How much time would you be willing to invest in making your smaller hand tools, as opposed to spending your time to search out good tools and then spending your money to buy them?  If you think about it, any tool that you might buy or make, will need to be sharpened from time to time.  I've found that making and sharpening tools works for me.

 

There's good steel available.  I buy old 1/4" shanked HSS spade bits at yardsales, and then grind them down to what suits my need.  I use a 6" bench grinder with an aluminum oxide (white) wheel to shape them, and dunk the bit in water from time to time to cool it.  (Another method is to stick the spade bit through a piece of a potato -- when the potato cooks, then the bit is getting hot.).  You can do the same with hacksaw blades, but they're a bit more delicate.  After grinding, then honing the tool with stones or wed/dry silicon carbide paper on glass can finish the sharpening of the tool.  Once you get the hand of it, it goes pretty fast, and faster than hunting around.

For a handle, I buy a 6" extension for the spade bits (~$3) and drill a broomstick to hold it. I glue  the extension into the broomstick with epoxy.  This makes a handle this is interchangeable with many bits, and you can shape the broomstick to fit your hand.  The same can be done with hacksaw blades.

 

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Mario,

 

Have you checked out Woodcraft (http://www.woodcraft.com/category/HT115-07/carving-sets.aspx) or Wood Carver's Supply (http://www.woodcarverssupply.com/)??    I have three sets of the Dockyard chisels.. as well as several different grits of carving burrs.   Love 'em... I just need to get better with them.

 

As for those two sites... prices range from very inexpensive to super-pricey... 

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I agree with Mark. Also the Pfeil brand (Swiss) of gouge is excellent as is Soligen (Germany) - I have several of each brand. Another brand which I have not tried but is reported to be very good is Two Cherries (Germany).  A source for carving tools is  Chipping Away Dedicated to Wood Carvers

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How much time would you be willing to invest in making your smaller hand tools, as opposed to spending your time to search out good tools and then spending your money to buy them?  If you think about it, any tool that you might buy or make, will need to be sharpened from time to time.  I've found that making and sharpening tools works for me.

 

There's good steel available.  I buy old 1/4" shanked HSS spade bits at yardsales, and then grind them down to what suits my need.  I use a 6" bench grinder with an aluminum oxide (white) wheel to shape them, and dunk the bit in water from time to time to cool it.  (Another method is to stick the spade bit through a piece of a potato -- when the potato cooks, then the bit is getting hot.).  You can do the same with hacksaw blades, but they're a bit more delicate.  After grinding, then honing the tool with stones or wed/dry silicon carbide paper on glass can finish the sharpening of the tool.  Once you get the hand of it, it goes pretty fast, and faster than hunting around.

 

For a handle, I buy a 6" extension for the spade bits (~$3) and drill a broomstick to hold it. I glue  the extension into the broomstick with epoxy.  This makes a handle this is interchangeable with many bits, and you can shape the broomstick to fit your hand.  The same can be done with hacksaw blades.

 

Thanks Bob,

    I just handles to make my super micro as you suggest. These would be used for models.

 

Mario,

 

Have you checked out Woodcraft (http://www.woodcraft.com/category/HT115-07/carving-sets.aspx) or Wood Carver's Supply (http://www.woodcarverssupply.com/)??    I have three sets of the Dockyard chisels.. as well as several different grits of carving burrs.   Love 'em... I just need to get better with them.

 

As for those two sites... prices range from very inexpensive to super-pricey... 

Hi Mark,

  Yes i have been to both sites and others. I am considering those. Just trying to get feedback from others who have used them.

 

I agree with Mark. Also the Pfeil brand (Swiss) of gouge is excellent as is Soligen (Germany) - I have several of each brand. Another brand which I have not tried but is reported to be very good is Two Cherries (Germany).  A source for carving tools is  Chipping Away Dedicated to Wood Carvers

Jack,

  i do love those your are mentioning here.

 

I'm getting the feedback i want so far. I do plan on spending a few hundred on each chisels and carving. In the long run it pays off with the good stuff. I plan to purchase sets, and then add to the set when i need certain ones.

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