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Forum topic by pierce85 posted 11-12-2011 02:42 AM 1741 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2011 02:42 AM

I’m pulling the trigger on a set of LN mortise chisels. I would have preferred a Ray Iles set but they’re not likely to be in stock for awhile – I’ve waited as along as I could and just can’t wait another month or two or…

I know I’ll be extremely happy with the LNs. I wanted a new set that would be my first and last. I was about to go with Narex as a starter/intermediate set but decided to just spend the money now.

But here’s my concern: should I be worried about the strength of the socket thingy when hogging out wood with these? I assume with proper technique this shouldn’t be a worry, but I’ve read that some folks have had the handle slip out of the socket on a particularly tough mortise.

I tend to worry too much. I just don’t want to build my masterpiece with a 3/8 inch LN socket chisel as a permanent feature. ;-)

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 05:58 AM

Only if you get the chisel stuck in the mortise. You will only do that once as tapping the chisel out safely is a bit of a white knuckle experience. Other than that the repeated hammer blows only serve to tighten the connection between the handle and the blade. I love my 1/4 mortice chisel, I suspect you will love yours as well.

I am waiting for my 1/2 Isles though. I check the mail every day with a bit of excitement in my step. Still nothing, but soon.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 06:11 AM

Never been a problem. Just learn to hold by the metal initially in case the wood shrunk. By the first couple of taps you wont have anything to worry about it


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#3 posted 11-12-2011 04:49 PM

thanks guys. I’ll just make sure they’re always seated properly.

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