Best Chisel Sets: DeWALT, Stanley & Noreen
DeWALT, Stanley & Noreen are three companies which have been producing chisels since the early 1900’s. They all produce high quality tools with a wide range of features.
These brands are known for their durability and reliability. Their products are used in many industries including construction, mining, agriculture and other fields where strength is required.
The first thing to note is that these three brands are all made in China. There are different factories producing the same brand, but they do not use the exact same machinery or parts.
For example, Stanley makes their chisels at a factory in Pennsylvania while DeWALT uses a factory in Wisconsin. Also, some models of Stanley chisels may have a different handle than those of DeWALT and vice versa.
All three brands have a similar design. All three have a straight blade, with either two or four teeth per side.
Most chisels come with a flat ground edge, while others come with a serrated edge. Some chisels have both edges. Each brand has its own name, logo and color scheme. The handles vary from one brand to another too; Stanley uses white plastic handles whereas DeWALT uses black plastic handles.
These are the most popular chisel manufacturers in the United States. There are other manufacturers too such as F.Villiger and Record but they do not enjoy as much popularity as the above three.
The following are some tips to help you choose the best brand of chisels:
Choosing the right size and type: Before you buy your first set, make a list of the different sizes and types of chisels you need. Also, think about the future as well; you may need to add to your collection at a later date.
You may be an occasional woodworker or a professional; both types of people have different needs when it comes to chisels. For example, if you do this type of work as a hobby, you probably won’t need as many chisels as a professional woodworker would.
If you are in a profession such as carpentry then your priority will be different than that of a hobbyist. A carpenter’s chisels must be durable and tough because of the amount of punishment they take in the course of their usage.
On the other hand, a hobbyist is less concerned with using chisels on a daily basis.
Blades: Most chisels come with a ground edge. Most carpenters prefer to have the entire blade ground, but some woodworkers prefer a chisel with a beveled edge.
A beveled edge is used for softer materials such as laminates and lacquered wood. It doesn’t bite into those materials as much and causes less damage to them, which results in a cleaner cut.
Chisel shape: There are several different blade shapes. You may want to focus on one or two basic shapes and buy an entire set of them.
Some common blade shapes are flat, round, double round, square and ogee.
Metal quality: This is a very important factor when choosing a chisel. Chinese metal isn’t very hard so it loses its edge quickly.
American metal tends to be too hard so chips and chunks tend to break off more easily. Japanese metal is harder than American metal and less likely to break or chip, but it is more expensive.
One good idea is to buy a medium quality set of chisels initially and see how you like using them. After some experience you can replace the cheap ones with higher quality ones.
Chisel size: The length of the blade on a chisel should be from 1 to 1-1/2 inches and the width should be less than 1 inch. The wider the chisel the less accurate it is.
Narrower chisels are better suited to fine work, while wider chisels are better for rough work and chopping.
Tang: The tang is the part of the blade that extends into the handle. The fuller the tang the stronger the chisel.
Most good quality chisels will have a full tang.
Handle: Wood is the traditional handle for chisels, but it tends to be heavier and can absorb moisture. Plastic handles are lighter and don’t absorb moisture, but they can become slippery when wet.
The blade should fit into the eye securely but still be easy to remove.
The handle should be comfortable and fits well in your hand.
Ask around for recommendations, or do some research online before making a decision on what brand of chisels to buy. Reading woodworking forums such as Lumberjocks is a good way to learn from other woodworkers’ experiences.
The most common milling tools include:
Saw blades, which are rapidly spinning circular blades used for cutting wood and metal. There are many different types of saw blades for specialized cutting jobs.
End mills, which have a flat bottom edge that rides along the surface of the wood while cutting a circular hole. End mills are available in different widths and lengths for different cutting jobs and materials.
Specialized end mills can be used for cutting tile and other hard materials.
Boring tools, which are used for enlarging holes that have already been drilled. Different types of borings tools are available depending on the size of the hole that needs to be enlarged.
Also known as hole saws, these tools are also useful for cutting out shapes from plywood and other materials.
Taps and dies, which are used for creating threads in wood, metal or plastic. Taps are used to cut or create the threads, and dies are used to clean out the threads.
Taps and dies come in many different thread sizes for different applications and materials.
The most common types of milling tools are saw blades, end mills and boring tools.
Bits and Cutters
There are many other less common milling tools that can be used for specific cutting jobs. Some of these include:
Jigsaw blades, which are available in different tooth styles for different materials and cutting jobs. In woodworking they are used for making curves and irregular shapes in wood.
Also known as a keyhole saw.
Skew Chisels, which are also used for making curved cuts in wood. The flat blade is angled and offset from the center point.
Specialized router bits such as a plow or rabbeting bit, which can be used in a router for cutting out grooves in wood. A plow bit cuts a flat bottom groove, while a rabbeting bit has a rounded bottom groove.
Chisels come in many different styles, each designed for a specific purpose.
In addition to regular woodworking tools, there are also many special-purpose tools for working with metal, stones, plastic and other materials. These tools can be used for more detailed work on projects that require precision to avoid damaging project parts.
Metalworking tools include many different saws, drills and other cutting and shaping tools for working with metal.
Hammers and mallets are used for molding metals into the desired shape and size. They also come in many different weights so that you can choose the right one to apply the right amount of pressure to the project.
Metal files are used for smoothing rough edges after cutting or shaping metal. Metal files are available in many different sizes and shapes for working on different types of metals.
Metal drill bits are used in a drill to create holes in metal. They come in different sizes for different size holes.
A center punch is used to create a dent in the middle of the spot where you want the hole to go. This helps prevent the bit from slipping off center as it drills the hole.
Metal cutting blades are used in a saw to cut metal. They come in different tooth sizes for different types of metals.
Metal shaping tools include many different tools for creating curves or shaping metal. They include hammers, dollies, rasps, files, punches and chisels.
Stoneworking tools are used for cutting and carving stones and rocks.
Stone cutting tools are used to cut stone. They come in different styles and sizes depending on the project and the size of the stone being cut.
Different types of stone require different types of cutting tools.
Mortar and Pestle sets are used in mixing, grinding and crushing substances. They come in sets of various sizes to accommodate various sizes of ingredients.
Chisels are used for carving stones and rocks. They come in sets of different sizes and shapes for different types of stones.
Other Specialty Tools
Other specialty tools are used for specialized projects and materials. They are usually only used by people who work in those fields on a regular basis.
Metal lathes are used in shaping metal. They include a cutting tool that spins around a fixed stone or metal block.
They are used in furniture and sculpture.
Cutting torches are used for carving or shaping stone and metal. They include a flammable gas that is ignited with an open flame.
The flame cuts through the material as it burns.
Metal working hammers are used for shaping metal. They come in sets of different weights and sizes for different types of uses on different types of metals.
Wax spreaders are used in the candle making process. They are used to spread melted wax across a surface so that new layers can be added.
Ceramic tools are used in the pottery process and in the sculpting of ceramics.
Buckets are used for transporting liquids, especially water. Buckets come in all different sizes and can be made out of different materials such as wood or metal.
Gas Masks are used when working with toxic substances that could potentially be a health risk if exposed to.
Respirators are used in some processes to keep the user safe from breathing in toxic fumes or inhaling powders. They come in both gas mask and respirator forms.
Safety Goggles are simple protective eyewear that keeps the user’s eyes safe from flying debris during the work process.
Welding Masks and Glasses are used in the welding process to protect the eyes from looking directly at the arc.
Other protective clothing such as aprons or gloves are used in various processes to keep the user safe during messy work processes.
Measuring tools are used in measuring out materials for projects that require a specific measurements such as building furniture or constructing homes.
Tape measures are used in measuring out linear distances between two points. They are made out of metal or plastic and can be either in the form of a coil or a rigid piece of measured length.
Squares are used in measuring right angles. They come in different forms and materials such as wood, metal or plastic.
Transits are used in measuring horizontal and vertical distances between two points. They are usually used in outdoor or nautical projects that require the precise measurement of distance.
Surveying Rods are used for measuring distances over long distances. They consist of metal or wood rods that can be precisely measured by the user.
These tools are mainly used in the construction of industrial machinery.
Calipers are a very precise measuring tool used in measuring lengths and thicknesses of objects. They come in two main forms, dial and digital.
Surface plates are large flat plates used for precise measurements. They are usually mounted on tripods for added precision and stability.
Magnetic base sets are used in the construction of machines that use magnets such as electric motors or generators. They consist of a central metal core surrounded by a non-metal shell and can be attached to metal surfaces with screws.
Measures are tape measures used for measuring out distances. They have an integrated ruler on them that makes measuring in precise units such as centimeters or inches.
These tools don’t fit into any of the above categories, but still have industrial uses.
Air Compressors are used in inflating such things as car tires or other objects that need to have air inside them for them to be used.
Helicopters are used in transporting people and goods from one place to another. They are not widely used in the construction industry at this point in time.
Cranes are movable machines that can lift heavy objects and materials. They can be found at building construction sites or shipyards.
They are an absolute necessity for these kinds of places.
The construction industry is a dangerous place to work. Everyday workers risk their lives in trying to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Most of the time, it isn’t due to faulty equipment or bad working conditions; accidents just happen sometimes. Some of these accidents are minor, but others can be fatal.
However, safety measures can be taken to prevent the likelihood of injury. Construction workers are required to wear hard hats wherever there is danger of a heavy object falling on their heads.
Eye protection is also necessary when working with power tools that could potentially shatter and splinter. Gloves and sturdy footwear for different types of terrains are also recommended.
Most people who work in construction work outdoors. As a result, they have a higher risk of getting skin cancer from prolonged exposure to the sun.
Sunscreen and long sleeved shirts are recommended.
The best way to prevent death, however, is to go back to school and learn a different trade.
Loss of Nerve
“Now this is what I’m talking about! This right here is the reason why I got into this business!” exclaims Frank as he watches a large crane pick up an enormous steel I-beam.
The foreman looks at him disappointedly.
Are you still here?”
Frank looks around nervously.
“I told you to get the hell out of here.
Why the hell are you still watching my workers like some kind of pervert?
You’re fired. Get the hell out of here.”
“But, I’m not done with my coffee,” Frank says.
The foreman sighs and rolls his eyes.
“Fine, whatever. You’re fired anyway,” he says.
A month later…
“So I was watching this guy on the telly, you know, the one with that brown hair…” Frank starts to say to some of his friends in the bar.
His friends give him a confused look.
Is this another one of your creepy stories?”
asks one of them.
“Yeah, it is. Hey, you want to hear…”
One of his friends gets up from their seat and leaves the bar altogether. Frank looks on in confusion.
Then another friend gets up and does the same. This is followed by another, and then another, until finally all of his friends leave.
Come back!” Frank exclaims, but they’re already gone.
He feels a sense of loss and wonders if he said or did something wrong, but can’t figure out what it is. He’s about to leave himself until he realizes that he’s still paying for the whole round.
“Screw it. Their loss,” Frank grumbles before knocking back the rest of his drink.
The next day…
“So I was watching this program on the telly the other day about these animals in the jungle…” Frank starts to say to some of his friends in the bar.
“Yeah, that’s great Frank. We’re not really interested,” says one of them.
“But there was this one weird incident…” Frank tries to say before he’s interrupted again.
Look, Frank, we’re not interested, okay?
Now if you don’t mind, I’d like to drink in peace,” says his friend. Frank looks on in confusion once more.
“But I’m paying for the next round!” Frank exclaims.
“And I said we don’t want another round! Beat it, you freak!” yells his friend.
Frank can only stand in silence as everyone in the bar starts to give him dirty looks. He feels a sense of loss once more and leaves without another word.
The next day…
“So there I was, standing on the edge of this high rise building…” Frank starts to say to some of his friends in the alley.
Are you trying to kill yourself or something?
Because if you are, just do us all a favor and jump off the building right now,” says one of them.
“But I don’t even get how I got up there in the first place,” says Frank.
Silence. He looks around and sees that nobody is even listening to him anymore.
They’re just staring at him with a mixture of fear and bewilderment. Frank has experienced this before, but he doesn’t know how he got to the alley in the first place.
What? Did I do something wrong again?”
No one answers. Frank realizes that they’re all too afraid to say anything.
He feels a sense of loss yet again and decides to leave. As he’s walking home, he starts to wonder if there’s something seriously wrong with him.
When Frank arrives at his one room apartment, he turns on the telly to see if any of his favorite programs are on. All he gets is static.
“I don’t understand…
it worked yesterday,” Frank says out loud to himself. He sits down and stares at the screen in front of him. He has the sudden urge to break the tv with his fists, and not even for any good reason. The longer he stares at the screen, the angrier he gets. Finally he does something he hasn’t done in years: he gives into his anger. He repeatedly slams his fist into the screen until it’s completely destroyed.
What’s going on with me?”
The next day…
“You’ve gotta help me, I’m losing my mind,” Frank says to his friend Sal, a loan shark who runs a shady business out of his office.
What do you mean? Is the bar in trouble again?”
“I dunno, I’ve been having these…
feelings. Like sadness, anxiety… I don’t even know how to describe it.”
“That’s pretty serious.
Any particular reason why you’d be feeling this way?”
“Not really, I just woke up one day and I started feeling like this. The weird thing is, it’s like I’ve forgotten something really important, but I don’t know what. I just know that I’ve been feeling really anxious and upset ever since.”
well, it’s not uncommon for people to experience temporary bouts of depression. I’m not a psychiatrist or anything, but I think you need some medication to get yourself straight again.”
“But the thing is, I don’t think I’m depressed. I mean, I know I’m not.
These feelings have been like a dark cloud hanging over me. I don’t know what it is…”
“I think you need medication. That’s the only thing I can think of.
I’ll give you some of my pills. They’ll help you get back on your feet. Take two every four hours, then call me when you get back to normal.”
“Thanks Sal. I really appreciate it.”
Frank takes the pills and keeps himself occupied for the rest of the day. The next morning he wakes up and realizes something: he’s still feeling the same way as yesterday.
“That’s weird,” Frank says to himself, “I thought these were supposed to help me.
Frank goes about his day and does some online shopping. He decides to buy a new cell phone since his old one is practically covered in dust.
“Maybe I should get a smartphone this time,” Frank says to himself as he browses through the different phones, “Who knows, maybe I’ll need it for work.”
After he finishes purchasing his new phone and turning in his old one, Frank realizes that it’s almost time for his next dosage of pills. He takes two, and just as he’s about to lie down, his phone rings.
“Now who would be calling me at…” Frank looks at his cell phone and sees that it’s 10:30 PM.
“It’s way past my bed time,” he says to himself, “I shouldn’t answer…”
He considers not answering, but his introduces himself as the friendly ghost anyway.
Is this Frank?”
asks a deep voice at the other end.
who is this?”
Don’t you know?
That’s odd, you’re supposed to know me… Anyway, I’m going to need you to come with me.” The man on the phone seems to be deep in thought.
Come with you where?”
Frank says, slightly nervous.
“Here. Just get on a plane and come here as soon as possible.
If you do, everything will be explained.”
Who are you? What’s going on?”
“I can’t tell you over the phone. Just get here as fast as you can.”
Can I call you back once I find out the price of a ticket?”
The man on the other end seems to be getting anxious. Frank hangs up the phone and does some research on plane tickets to see how much they cost.
He finds a web-site that says the soonest one leaves in two days. “I’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to see how much it costs.”
“I should be able to pay for it with this,” Frank says to himself as he looks at a gold ring wrapped in layers of old cloth and paper. “It’s got to be worth a few grand at least.”
Before going to sleep, Frank wraps the ring back up and places it under his pillow.
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