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sreilly24590

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02-19-2018 11:28 PM

Looking for some good suggestions on a starter set of chisels that won’t break the bank. These would primarily be used for mortise making which is totally new to me. I seriously don’t see me getting a mortise machine short of finding myself making a lot of mortises. Thanks for any suggestions.

Steve

-- Steve, Virginia


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#1 posted 02-20-2018 12:13 AM

Lee Valley is hard to beat but they are expensive. They also have some Norex chisels that are inexpensive.
You will probably need at least 2 or 3 so you can cut various size mortises.

That may have been a typo, any to nay. But here is my nay answer.
Unless you just have a strong desire to cut mortises by hand I would suggest you look into the various methods of using a router, spiral bit, template and guide system. Cut your mortises first then make the tenons to fit.

Here is another Lumber jock who made a router jig. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/75931

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 02-20-2018 12:33 AM

I really like the Windsor Design Chisels.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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#3 posted 02-20-2018 12:39 AM

Using the router is interesting but you still need to clean those up with chisels correct? By cleaning up I’m referring to the ends being squared up. Also mentioning the “nay”instead of any as now corrected. Usually I reread the message before posting….......most times anyway.

I may also look at the mortise attachment for my Mark 7 ShopSmith if I find myself making many. I guess maybe I should inquire as to what type of chisel is best.

-- Steve, Virginia

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#4 posted 02-20-2018 12:41 AM

Narex are solid.

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#5 posted 02-20-2018 12:41 AM

Forget the mortise and chisels for now. Go with dowels…

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#6 posted 02-20-2018 12:48 AM

Aldi chisels cheap and pretty good and by cheap I mean under $10.

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#7 posted 02-20-2018 12:59 AM

It would be easier to round off the tenons than square out the mortise. Also you would use floating tenons and make a mortise on both sides of the joint with the router method.
Here is a template made by another LJ. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/75931


Using the router is interesting but you still need to clean those up with chisels correct? By cleaning up I m referring to the ends being squared up. Also mentioning the “nay”instead of any as now corrected. Usually I reread the message before posting….......most times anyway.

I may also look at the mortise attachment for my Mark 7 ShopSmith if I find myself making many. I guess maybe I should inquire as to what type of chisel is best.

- sreilly24590

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 02-20-2018 01:11 AM

FYI Mortise chisels are different than the common bench chisels. So the Aldi suggestion (a great value) are not mortise chisels. Narex does make a value oriented mortise chisel. However chisels are just part of the cost. For the chisels to work, they need to be sharp. After one mortise, they will likely need to be resharpened. Figure your sharpening needs into the total cost.

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#9 posted 02-20-2018 01:52 AM

Get a chisel that is comfortable in your hand!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 02-20-2018 01:52 AM

Harbor freight set. Cheap and u get the experience of tuning them up

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#11 posted 02-20-2018 01:57 AM

I’ve used different types of mortise chisels
to make mortises. You only need a couple
of sizes.

Paul Sellers made a video on mortising with
a regular Marples bevel edge chisel. His
approach impressed me.

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Vintagewood1960

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#12 posted 02-20-2018 02:02 AM



I ve used different types of mortise chisels
to make mortises. You only need a couple
of sizes.

Paul Sellers made a video on mortising with
a regular Marples bevel edge chisel. His
approach impressed me.

- Loren


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#13 posted 02-20-2018 02:09 AM

I have the Narex. They get the thumbs up from me. Both mortise and bench.

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#14 posted 02-20-2018 02:46 AM


I have the Narex. They get the thumbs up from me. Both mortise and bench.

- JADobson

Yep! Right you are! (& Les)

Lee Valley has them (Bench, Bevel Edge) from about $11.00 to $34.00 Each

Or sets of 4, 7, and 3 Also a Complete Set of 10, 1/4” to 2” for $134.00 (That’s a Heck of a Good Price.)

LINK is here: http://www.leevalley.com/us/Wood/page.aspx?p=67707&cat=1,41504

If the Darn thing Works? It might send you to the “Chisel Index Page”

Rick

PS: OKAY! OKAY! You talked me into it. This is the Chisel & Gouge Index Page

http://www.leevalley.com/us/Wood/page.aspx?cat=1&p=41504 GOOD LUCK!

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#15 posted 02-20-2018 04:57 PM

Set of 6 Two Cherries at Jamestown Distributors for $150.

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