Tax Day Tool Sale

Hello everyone, happy Patriot’s Day! It’s also tax day here in the USA. In addition to the usual edge tools, saws, molders, and planes I normally offer, I’ve dug into my collection and found a few things I could live without so I can raise funds to cover the check I just wrote to the state of CT. Please have a look at my Tools For Sale page to see the new items. I hope you find something you like!

Please note- I fulfill orders in the order they are received here at my desk. While most email seems to make it here in a timely manner, many messages are delayed en route, stuck in some congested mail server, or taking the long way round the gobe to get to my mailserver. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to be done about this- it’s the nature of email. In order to insure that your email request makes it to me promptly please feel free to send your message to both my jclark@hyperkitten.com and jclark42@gmail.com addresses. This way at least one of your messages will make it here right away

Around here things are warming up nicely. The last of the snow finally melted and we were able to plant our peas and greens in the garden this week. The daffodils are up and the warm weather songbirds are back. We have our usual family of Phoebes nesting in the rafters of my wood shed and the same Wren pair nesting in the cap of our propane tank, fighting off any and all trespassers. The kids have started t-ball practice even though the mornings are still bitter cold. Tool season is in full swing and I have a large collection of tools coming in this week. Keep an eye out for lots of new tools in May.

Thanks for reading!

Josh

Hello everyone, happy Patriot’s Day! It’s also tax day here in the USA. In addition to the usual edge tools, saws, molders, and planes I normally offer, I’ve dug into my collection and found a few things I could live without so I can raise funds to cover the check I just wrote to the state of CT. Please have a look at my Tools For Sale page to see the new items.  I hope you find something you like!

Please note- I fulfill orders in the order they are received here at my desk. While most email seems to make it here in a timely manner, many messages are delayed en route, stuck in some congested mail server, or taking the long way round the gobe to get to my mailserver. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to be done about this- it’s the nature of email.  In order to insure that your email request makes it to me promptly please feel free to send your message to both my jclark@hyperkitten.com and jclark42@gmail.com addresses. This way at least one of your messages will make it here right away

Around here things are warming up nicely. The last of the snow finally melted and we were able to plant our peas and greens in the garden this week. The daffodils are up and the warm weather songbirds are back. We have our usual family of Phoebes nesting in the rafters of my wood shed and the same Wren pair nesting in the cap of our propane tank, fighting off any and all trespassers.  The kids have started t-ball practice even though the mornings are still bitter cold. Tool season is in full swing and I have a large collection of tools coming in this week. Keep an eye out for lots of new tools in May.

Thanks for reading!

Josh

Mortise Chisel Handles

I’m Following up on a recent Twitter discussion (you can follow me @HKToolCo ) on making handles for traditional British “pigsticker” mortise chisels. I promised I would dissect one to see how the handles were attached. Granted, this is just one example, but I think it’s good evidence.

Note: I added some more information today including shots of a some other mortise chisels.  There are also  some interesting comments submitted by readers below. Feel free to discuss in the comments section..

I’m Following up on a recent Twitter discussion (you can follow me @HKToolCo ) on making handles for traditional British “pigsticker” mortise chisels. I promised I would dissect one to see how the handles were attached. Granted, this is just one example, but I think it’s good evidence.

Here is the subject: a Marples 3/8in pigsticker with a broken handle.

Broken Mortise Chisel Handle
Broken Mortise Chisel Handle (click for larger)

The handle broke along the grain due to an off-center blow from  a mallet. Judging by the mushrooming on the end of the handle it was used to being hit very hard. This handle didn’t have perfectly straight grain- it had some run-out along one edge. If you are making mortise chisel handle make sure to use riven stock and watch the grain!

Removing half the handle and leaving the bit in situ we see this:

Chisel Handle Cross-Section
Chisel Handle Cross-Section (click for larger)

(lots more on the next page)

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April Tools Day

Good Afternoon!

I have a new batch of about 120 old tools up for sale today. You can see the new list here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php This list contains lots of good usable edge tools, some hand planes, lots of good books on woodworking, and other fun stuff. Have a look and please let me know if you find something you like.

Thanks for reading!

Josh

Good Afternoon!

I have a new batch of about 120 old tools up for sale today. You can see the new list here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php This list contains lots of good usable edge tools, some hand planes, lots of good books on woodworking, and other fun stuff. Have a look and please let me know if you find something you like.

Thanks for reading!

Josh