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Hairspray and Chisels

The chisels that I have used for a few years are socket chisels made by Lie Nielsen. Generally they have performed well and they appear frequently as tools used in the works of others. I have one frustration which is with the number of times the handles come loose from the chisel. It is generally related to humidity and occurs mostly over the winter months when I assume the humidity is at its lowest. After a couple of years I have experimented with methods to keep them together and been successful with the exception of the 3/8″ chisel. It defies my efforts. So today I reached for my secret weapon.. My daughters hairspray! In the past I have used my wife’s hairspray. But clearly I had to move to something stronger….


A couple of quick sprays into the socket and I go back to work.

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  1. June 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Same problem and same fix here except now is our lowest humidity season — usually single digit and 3% at 102 degrees in the shop as I speak (type?) now!

  1. April 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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