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    Lightbulb what are they called?

    I saw a show recently where a guy was using a very large chisle. It was about 4" wide and 18" long before the tang and handle. I've seen these before but this time I couldn't bring the right terminology for it to mind.
    Not "big chisle". But a certain term.
    Don't really need the info but it's bothering me I can't remember.
    And, while yer at it, tell me what the date is for me and wifey's anniversary is.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    I'm pretty sure it's called a slick.

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    At that size I would call it a "slick" which is a subtype of framing chisels.

    Can't help you on the latter one.. but maybe we can trade for lomls birthday....

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    Sounds like a slick to me, too.

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    OK "slick" it is. Now I know.
    But, still wonderin' why don't they just call it a 'honkin' big chisle'?
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    OK "slick" it is. Now I know.
    But, still wonderin' why don't they just call it a 'honkin' big chisle'?
    You can if you want to!! I haven't seen the wood word police around in quite a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    OK "slick" it is. Now I know.
    But, still wonderin' why don't they just call it a 'honkin' big chisle'?
    Maybe because its a slicker name... shorter at least..

    So there are actually several types of framing chisels. For cutting mortises and other hammer work you would generally use a socketed firmer chisel which (often) has an iron band on the back of the handle to prevent it from splitting under the heavy work. A slick is usually wider, longer, and has a handle comfortable for pushing. It was traditionally used for shaving more like a big unboxed plane or "slicking" the wood off. A quick and arbitrary google search yields http://www.fullchisel.com/blog/?p=2331 which has a nice short summary..

    If you look at the top of http://www.logbuildingtools.ca/slicks_chisels.html you can see the slicks have a very different handle on them than the firmer chisels lower down.
    And I just learned that over 4" it would be called a "slice"..

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    The name slick comes from the German name for it of "Schlick." The translations from that to English are silt or wicked/evil so maybe it was a German-Bostonian, lol a wicked chisel!?
    Last edited by Tom Becnel; 01-25-2013 at 05:38 PM.

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    Interesting, thanks.
    I know the names of a lot of tools have historical connections. My 'honkin' big chisle' comment was simply in jest.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    How about "shovel?"

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