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Looking into enrolling in your beginners class this summer and have enjoyed your Q-and-A section of the Amana Tool website. Just wondering if a pair of skewed chisels are of use in my hand tool want list. 

Already have 2 sets of 1/8" to 1" Marples and several older buck bros and others up to 2". Dont have the skewed set and was looking at the Narex 1/2" right and left set from Lee Valley .One of the Marple sets I'm going to cut down shorter for dovetail work.


Metairie, LA

Our Expert

I use skew chisels primarily for carving; the shoulders flanking the arch on a "tombstone" panel door is a good example. Rather than purchase skew chisels now, I suggest that you wait until you have a specific need for them. This way you'll have a better idea of the sizes to purchase. Also, for some odd reason, skew chisels tend to be expensive when compared to comparable bench chisels with a 90 degree end. So in order to stretch my woodworking dollars further, I purchase ordinary bench chisels of the size needed and grind the skew angle myself. It's not difficult and only takes a few minutes.

I'm looking forward to seeing you this summer.

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